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My Dear

If I hadn't had you, my dear,
                    My dear,
        In the years that we've been together,
With your happy tongue and your jest and song,
        No matter how gray the weather;
If I hadn't had you when my hope was Iow,
        To comfort and tease and love me,
I'd have seen no green in the grass below,
        No blue in the sky above me.
And the world had been empty and sad and drear,
If I hadn't had you, my dear,
                    My dear.
 
If I didn't have you, my dear,
                    My dear,
With the glamour of youth about you,
When the day's work drags and my courage flags,
        Why, what should I do without you ?
If I didn't have you when the day is long,
        And the long, long night comes after;
If I didn't have you when the world goes wrong,
        To set it aright with laughter;
There'd be small need of my tarrying here,
If I didn't have you, my dear,
                    My dear.
___Esther M. Clark
 
Sunflowers, A Book of Kansas Poems
Selected by Willard Wattles
page 76
(Chicago: A. C. McClurg. 1916)
 
September 11, 2001 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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