Poetry of Kansas

I Miss Thee

I miss thee, blithe companion of my youth
      As now the changing years move slow
            away,
These times return, and now I know in truth
      I loved you in that bright and happy day.
 
I miss thee now! The joys of vanished years,
      That long ago have blended with the past,
To me return, and now I see thru tears
      My folly of youth's day that flew so fast.
 
Ah, had I spoken ere thy passion waned!
      Had I but shown the love I might have
            shown,
And cheered thy heart so sorely: deeply pained,
      Both lives life's sweetest joys might long
            have known.
 
Love's warmth and glow were crimsoned on thy
            cheek.
      Thy rosy lips oft met and re-met mine.
Thou loved'st, but of love thou could' st not speak,
      Thou could'st but wait and let thy heart re-
            pine.
 
I knew not then I loved thee; altho joy,
      The purest and the brightest filled my life.
My heart was light___I was a care free boy,
      Until this sorrow filled my soul with strife.
 
I miss thee! When thy fond heart, failing, turned
      Despairing, o'er the distant hills to rove,
My conscience smote me, and my bosom yearned
      For love and thee. Ah, then I knew my love!

__Colfax Burgoyne Harman

 

Poems Of Sentiment
Colfax Burgoyne Harman
(Valley Falls, Kansas: Harman Publishing. 1905)
Pages 214-215

 
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