Mandragora/The Visitor

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The Visitor
by John Cowper Powys
Published in Mandragora (1917)

THE VISITOR

FORGET? I had forgotten
  Little the use!
A feather in the doorway —
   The flood is loose.

Forget? I had forgotten.
   No candle burns.
A leaf within the doorway —
  The dead returns.

Forget? I had forgotten.
   Nail up the door!
You should nail up my heart
   If she's to come no more.


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