I think of thee!--my thoughts do twine and bud
About thee,as wild vines, about a tree,
Put out broad leaves, and soon there's nought to see
Except the straggling green which hides the wood.
Yet, O my palm-tree, be it understood
I will not have my thoughts instead of thee
Who art dearer, better! Rather, instantly
Renew thy presence; as a strong tree should,
Rustle thy boughs and set thy trunk all bare,
And let these bands of greenery which insphere thee
Drop heavily down,--burst, shattered, everywhere!
Because, in this deep joy to see and hear thee
And breathe within thy shadow a new air,
I do not think of thee--I am too near thee.
More verses by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
- Sonnet Xliii
- Sonnet Xxxii: The First Time
- Sonnet Iii: Unlike Are We, Unlike
- To George Sand: A Recognition
- Sonnet Xxii: When Our Two Souls Stand Up