Laura Riding

The World and I

by Laura Riding

This is not exactly what I mean

Any more than the sun is the sun,

But how to mean more closely

If the sun shines but approximately?

What a world of awkwardness!

What hostile implements of sense!

Perhaps this is as close a meaning

As perhaps becomes such knowing

.Else I think the world and

I Must live together as strangers and die-

-A sour love, each doubtful whether

Was ever a thing to love the other.

No, better for both to be nearly sure

Each of each--exactly where

Exactly I and exactly the world

Fail to meet by a moment, and a word.


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