Edward Thomas at 4 a.m.

“Like the touch of rain she was

On a man’s flesh and hair and eyes
When the joy of walking thus
Has taken him by surprise:

With the love of the storm he burns,
He sings, he laughs, well I know how,
But forgets when he returns
As I shall not forget her ‘Go now.’

Those two words shut a door
Between me and the blessed rain
That was never shut before
And will not open again.”

-Edward Thomas

“I built myself a house of glass:

It took my years to make it:

And I was proud. But now, alas!
Would God someone would break it.

But it looks too magnificent.
No neighbour casts a stone
From where he dwells, in tenement
Or palace of glass, alone.”

-Edward Thomas

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