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Alan Seeger - All That's Not Love . . .

All that's not love is the dearth of my days, 
The leaves of the volume with rubric unwrit, 
The temple in times without prayer, without praise, 
The altar unset and the candle unlit. 

Let me survive not the lovable sway 
Of early desire, nor see when it goes 
The courts of Life's abbey in ivied decay, 
Whence sometime sweet anthems and incense arose. 

The delicate hues of its sevenfold rings 
The rainbow outlives not; their yellow and blue 
The butterfly sees not dissolve from his wings, 
But even with their beauty life fades from them too. 

No more would I linger past Love's ardent bounds 
Nor live for aught else but the joy that it craves, 
That, burden and essence of all that surrounds, 
Is the song in the wind and the smile on the waves. 

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Poet: Alan Seeger
Poem: All That's Not Love . . .
Poem of the Day: Feb 20 2008

Comment 1 of 1, added on March 17th, 2009 at 12:11 PM.

Life,death and love are eternal topics.
He express them very well.

Jeety from China

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