Chance Meetings

Conrad Potter Aiken 1889 (Savannah, Georgia) – 1973 (Savannah, Georgia)



In the mazes of loitering people, the watchful and furtive,
The shadows of tree-trunks and shadows of leaves,
In the drowse of the sunlight, among the low voices,
I suddenly face you,

Your dark eyes return for a space from her who is with you,
They shine into mine with a sunlit desire,
They say an 'I love you, what star do you live on?'
They smile and then darken,

And silent, I answer 'You too-I have known you,-I love you!-'
And the shadows of tree-trunks and shadows of leaves
Interlace with low voices and footsteps and sunlight
To divide us forever

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XAXB BCXX BAXC
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 552
Words 107
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4

Conrad Potter Aiken

Conrad Potter Aiken was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author born in Savannah Georgia whose work includes poetry short stories novels and an autobiography more…

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