“I shall forget”

I shall forget your names too soon, no doubt,
O dear companions through this dance’s steps,
But I’ll not lightly, nor so soon, forget
The glory bright with which your face was lit
And the high Joy it stirred up in my soul—
Between the happy pleasure of each turn
And the deep longing pangs within my heart
That thrill with sorrow every fiber there.

I wrote this poem last month, after a delightful party. But I was if anything thinking more of far earlier experiences. I had thought of perhaps adding a second verse, but lacking any immediate ideas decided to post it in this form.

As always, I earnestly welcome your comments, suggestions (perhaps of a real title for this poem?), questions, critique, or other feedback about this or any other part of my work. (In other words, if you liked this poem, or you didn’t like it, or it made you think of something, or … please leave a comment to let me know.) If you liked this, you can follow this blog, which includes one of my poems every Friday, or read other poems I’ve written here on my blog (starting with yesterday’s archive installment, since the full archive is by now, at well over a hundred poems, somewhat daunting); I’d especially like to know, as part of my preparations for a collection, which poems you think are my best. You may also share it with others, subject to my sharing policy.

This poem is also archived on my wiki.

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