March in Janiveer

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MARCH IN JANIVEER.

"Janiveer in March I fear."

I WOULD not have you so kindly.
Thus early in friendship's year—
A little too gently, blindly,
You let me near.

So long as my voice is duly
Calm as a friend's should be,
In my eyes the hunger unruly
You will not see.

The eyes that you lift so brightly,
Frankly to welcome mine—
You bend them again as lightly
And note no sign.

I had rather your pale cheek reddened
With the flush of an angry pride:
That a look with disliking deadened
My look defied;

If so in the spring's full season
Your glance should soften and fall,
When, reckless with Love's unreason,
I tell you all.

H. C. Bunner.

This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.