Poetry of Kansas

The Miracle

Folk housed together day by day,
Or working side by side in gardens, at a desk, or on a
Or being of one city born, or being mother and son
Say, we know each other's souls as one.
Not I.
You I have loved most madly,
You I have cared for most enduringly,
Who truly gave me birth and whiten daily as I watch you
You by whose side I sleep,
By whom I brought into the world our children,
You are to me more unexplainable than miracles.
Acquaintance does not solve you.
The more I know you, the stranger, queerer, more fan-
          tastic you become.
As I love you more, you are the more a mystery.
A moment comes when I am sure of you___and suddenly
A wall cuts off the view.
The dearest intimacy sometimes puts the greatest space
Birth, infinity, the space beyond the stars
Have ever made me wonder.
But you are more elusive.
I do not care if these refuse to let me fathom them.
But you whose name and mine are joined
By all who know me,
Why should you tantalize me like a half-remembered
          word ?
The greatest satisfaction God can have I think
Is He can look into your heart and understand.

__Margaret E. Haughawout.


Sheep's Clothing
Margaret E. Haughawout
Pages 67-68
(Pittsburg, Kansas: __. 1929)

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