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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
13. When You Come
 
By Mary Aldis
 
 
  “There was a girl with him for a time. She took him to her room when he was desolate and warmed him and took care of him. One day he could not find her. For many weeks he walked constantly in that locality in search of her.”—From Life of Francis Thompson.
 
 
WHEN you come tonight
To our small room
You will look and listen—
I shall not be there.
 
You will cry out your dismay        5
To the unheeding gods;
You will wait and look and listen—
I shall not be there.
 
There is a part of you I love
More than your hands in mine at rest;        10
There is a part of you I love
More than your lips upon my breast.
 
There is a part of you I wound
Even in my caress;
There is a part of you withheld        15
I may not possess.
 
There is a part of you I hate—
Your need of me
When you would be alone,
Alone and free.        20
 
When you come tonight
To our small room
You will look and listen—
I shall not be there.
 

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