Not Understanding


NOT UNDERSTANDING

Because you do not understand,
I open all my heart to you;
Tell all the things I hope to do,
And all the dreams my heart has planned.
With eyes serene you wisely nod—
Because you do not understand.

Because you do not understand,
I tell you of my love and hate,
My sorrow and my fear of fate;
That which I crave and know is banned.
You smile with wise, unseeing eyes—
Because you do not understand.

Because you do not understand,
I tell you of my grief and care.
It adds no jot to what you bear;
You are too simply, singly planned.
I ease my whole sick soul to you—
Because—you cannot understand!

Ethel Watts Mumford.


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