AB (March 10,1920 / Asmara, Eritrea)


I think if you had loved me when I wanted;
If I'd looked up one day, and seen your eyes,
And found my wild sick blasphemous prayer granted,
And your brown face, that's full of pity and wise,
Flushed suddenly; the white godhead in new fear
Intolerably so struggling, and so shamed;
Most holy and far, if you'd come all too near,
If earth had seen Earth's lordliest wild limbs tamed,
Shaken, and trapped, and shivering, for MY touch --
Myself should I have slain? or that foul you?
But this the strange gods, who had given so much,
To have seen and known you, this they might not do.
One last shame's spared me, one black word's unspoken;
And I'm alone; and you have not awoken.

by Rupert Brooke

Comments (8)

this is great...all the right questions! !
Made me stop and think, once again. Few words, maximum impact. Nice write. Julia
Every day i stop, just for a second because that's all it takes to recognise what i have....and i'm happy. It's a shame how some people don't bother.
Yes everyday! It doesn't half make me late sometimes! And get me strange looks when I ask the question out loud! ! Moyax
I have and i think the more we stop and wonder the more we discover
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