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Sonnets from the Cherokee (III)

What is this nameless something that I want,
Forever groping blindly, without light,—
A ghost of pain that does forever haunt
My days, and make my heart eternal night?
I think it is your face I so long for,
Your eyes that read my soul at one warm glance;
Your lips that I may touch with mine no more
Have left me in their stead a thrusting lance
Of fire that burns my lips and sears my heart
As all the dreary wanton years wear through
Their hopeless dragging days. No lover’s art
Can lift full, heavy sorrow from my view
Or still my restless longing, purge my hate,
Because I learned I loved you, dear, too late. 

Credit


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on November 28, 2020, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem


Sonnets from the Cherokee” appeared in University of Oklahoma Magazine 10, no. 11 (January 1922).

Author


Ruth Muskrat Bronson

Ruth Muskrat Bronson, also known as Ruth Margaret Muskrat, was born on October 3, 1897, in the Delaware Nation Reservation.

Date Published: 1922-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/sonnets-cherokee-iii