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“Bound” was originally published in Kilmer’s collection Vigils (George H. Doran Company, 1921).

Bound

If I had loved you, soon, ah, soon I had lost you.
Had I been kind you had kissed me and gone your faithless way.
The kiss that I would not give is the kiss that your lips are holding:
Now you are mine forever, because of all I have cost you.

You think that you are free and have given over your sighing,
You think that from my coldness your love has flown away:
But mine are the hands you shall dream that your own are holding,
And mine is the face you shall look for when you are dying.
 

This poem is in the public domain. 

This poem is in the public domain. 

Aline Murray Kilmer

Aline Murray Kilmer was the author of five books of essays and poetry

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