Mandragora/Accusation

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Accusation
by John Cowper Powys
Published in Mandragora (1917)

ACCUSATION


IF this Is what you meant,
Why did you not go by?
I had got used to my lonely place
And amid the shadows had found a face,
A phantom-face 'neath a pallid sky,
A phantom-face 'neath a leaden tent —
Why did you not go by,
If this is what you meant?

Why did you not pass on,
If this is what you meant?
Why did you rise like a dumb moss-rose,
Brooding in somnolent repose,
Just where the moonlight shone,
On the path of my content?
Why did you not pass on,
If this is what you meant?

Why did you not go past,
If this is what you meant?
Why did you fling abroad in the air
A royal ransom of rich despair?
Why with rain were your petals so full
And with dew why were you so beautiful?
The charm that held me fast
Had never then been rent.
Why did you not go past,
If this is what you meant?


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