April Love

We have walked in Love's land a little way,
We have learnt his lesson a little while,
And shall we not part at the end of day,
With a sigh, a smile?

A little while in the shine of the sun,
We were twined together, joined lips forgot
How the shadows fall when day is done,
And when Love is not.

We have made no vows - there will none be broke,
Our love was free as the wind on the hill,
There was no word said we need wish unspoke,
We have wrought no ill.

So shall we not part at the end of day,
Who have loved and lingered a little while,
Join lips for the last time, go our way,
With a sigh, a smile.

by Ernest Christopher Dowson

Comments (15)

Love was free as the wind on the hill. Simply superb expression. Thanks for sharing it here.
Very nice. Loved the rhythm.
Poem is OK but I don't like this kind of relationship. Sorry it is my personal view. I can't impose it on any of you.
A daring non-committed casual relationship with a woman, which could have been abhorred at his time, being a Catholic, perhaps. The need to love and be loved is evident from the loss of the woman (girl) he loved, and the tragic loss of his parents. Nonetheless, a great write. He could have written the poem while he was in love with the teenage girl.
Dowson wrote this lovely poem-to paraphrase a pop tune- because a tryst, was on his list...
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