Poetry of Kansas

Leave Me Alone.

Leave me alone. I would not see thee more.
The storm is hushed, the agony is o'er.
        I would not feel again
        The passion and the pain.
Do not again come knocking at my door.
Leave me alone. Put not into my hand
A broken cup, though bound with golden band,
        Lest I with thirsty lip
        Once more its passions sip.
Still let it lie, all shattered on the sand.
Leave me alone. I followed, long ago,
Joy to its tomb, with tolling marches slow.
        Wake not my buried slain,
        Only to die again.
Leave me to peace___'tis all I hope to know.
Leave me alone. I may not quite forget
The buried love, whose sweetness thrills me yet;
        But let the willow wave;
        Rake not a grass-grown grave;
Break not the turf, for fresh-rung tears to wet.

__Ellen P. Allerton.

Walls of Corn and Other Poems
Ellen P. Allerton
(Hiawatha, KS: Harrington Printing Company. 1894)
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