Once you were always calling me,
Calling me when I could not answer,
Urging me where I could not follow—
So that I wished I had been born without desire,
As a stone.
But now many days you have left me.
And in the silence I have learned your meaning.
For a part of me is gone when you are gone;
I am less
And the world is less.
O let me have my longing back again!
Now gladly I will bear it;
Gladly I will hold it to me,
Though without release;
For what would be the pride of the sun itself
With its light gone?
O kindle me again, desire.
Return to me.
This poem is in the public domain.