Tennessee Williams: We have not long to love, A night. A day….

19 Nov

A poem that’s been on my mind these days…

Lovers, c 1850

We Have Not Long To Love

We have not long to love.
Light does not stay.
The tender things are those
we fold away.
Coarse fabrics are the ones
for common wear.
In silence I have watched you
comb your hair.
Intimate the silence,
dim and warm.
I could but did not, reach
to touch your arm.
I could, but do not, break
that which is still.
(Almost the faintest whisper
would be shrill.)
So moments pass as though
they wished to stay.
We have not long to love.
A night. A day….

Illustration for Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin by Lidia Timoshenko, 1878

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2 Responses to “Tennessee Williams: We have not long to love, A night. A day….”

  1. worker33 19th Nov 2022 at 5:15 pm #

    what a lovely and meditative piece to find this morning…grateful!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Alex Radeff 20th Nov 2022 at 4:10 am #

    Beautiful words and inspiring. Thank you for sharing and greetings from Toronto.

    Liked by 2 people

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