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Long Distance Love Poems

Table of Contents

  1. To Her by Charles Badger Clark
  2. I Blow You a Kiss by William Stanley Braithwaite
  3. His Letter by Ruby Archer
  4. Boat-Song by Ruby Archer
  5. The Sea of Silence by Florence May Alt
  6. A Birthday by Christina Rossetti

  1. To Her

    by Charles Badger Clark

    Cut loose a hundred rivers,
    Roaring across my trail,
    Swift as the lightning quivers,
    Loud as a mountain gale.
    I build me a boat of slivers;
    I weave me a sail of fur,
    And ducks may founder and die
    But I
    Cross that river to her!

    Bunch the deserts together,
    Hang three suns in the vault;
    Scorch the lizards to leather,
    Strangle the springs with salt.
    I fly with a buzzard feather,
    I dig me wells with a spur,
    And snakes may famish and fry
    But I
    Cross that desert to her!

    Murder my sleep with revel;
    Make me ride through the bogs
    Knee to knee with the devil,
    Just ahead of the dogs.
    I harrow the Bad Lands level,
    I teach the tiger to purr,
    For saints may wallow and lie
    But I
    Go clean-hearted to her!

  2. I Blow You a Kiss

    by William Stanley Braithwaite

    I blow you a kiss on the evening wind
    My dear, wherever you be;
    Up in the north or down in the south,
    Or over the rolling sea.

    I blow you a kiss, but after the kiss
    Do you know what follows, my dear?
    Something the wind cannot bring to you—
    Only a little tear.

  3. His Letter

    by Ruby Archer

    Down in the grass I found her,
    Above a letter bent;
    The autumn leaves around her
    Their soft mosaic blent.

    She read the letter slowly,
    As one that sips a joy.
    I felt intruder wholly,
    And certain to annoy.

    She gave me loving greeting,
    And drew me to her side,
    While up her cheek went fleeting
    A flow of rosy tide.

    "I am so happy, Dearie,"
    I heard her softly say,
    "So happy, happy, Dearie,—
    His letter came to-day!"

    And all she told me of it
    I have in mind so well;
    She whispered me above it—
    "—"—I promised not to tell!

  4. Boat-Song

    by Ruby Archer

    One thought comes ever hauntingly
    Across my path of day,
    Awaits not any summoning,
    Nor needs a prayer to stay;
    And if I flee, 'tis only that
    It ever may pursue.
    The thought, my love?—Is you.
    The thought is you.

    A haven beckons luringly,—
    A haven safe and wide,—
    My little bark of life to moor,
    And in its heart abide.
    How free my bark! No other shore
    Could tempt it from the blue.
    The haven, love?—Is you.
    The haven is you.

  5. The Sea of Silence

    by Florence May Alt

    When between us two there rolled
    Wide Atlantic's sea,
    Ships too frail thy love to hold
    Brought thy words to me.
    Though thy letters few and far
    Crost a burning zone,
    Yet thy love rose like a star—
    I was not alone.

    When the white sails westward flew,
    "What are seas?" I cried;
    "What but ribbons broad and blue,
    That the gods have tied."
    Though across Pacific's sea,
    Drifted wrecks were blown,
    Still thy letters came to me—
    I was not alone.

    But today we met—behold,
    In the narrow street;
    And the Sea of Silence rolled
    To our ver feet.
    Not a smile to cross the space,
    Not a tender tone;
    I, while looking in thy face,
    Knew I was alone.

  6. A Birthday

    by Christina Rossetti

    My heart is like a singing bird
    Whose nest is in a watered shoot;
    My heart is like an apple-tree
    Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit;
    My heart is like a rainbow shell
    That paddles in a halcyon sea;
    My heart is gladder than all these
    Because my love is come to me.

    Raise me a dais of silk and down;
    Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
    Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
    And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
    Work it in gold and silver grapes,
    In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
    Because the birthday of my life
    Is come, my love is come to me.

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