Last lines: for the last day of the year

What could I know, what could I know
of love’s austere and lonely offices?

From Those Winter Sundays, by Robert Hayden

I would like to be the air
that inhabits you for a moment
only. I would to be that unnoticed
& that necessary.

From Variation on the Word Sleep, by Margaret Atwood

But what I can I give him,
Give my heart.

From In the Bleak Midwinter, by Christina Rossetti

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2 thoughts on “Last lines: for the last day of the year

  1. Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky
    The flying cloud, the frosty light
    The year is dying in the night;
    Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
    Ring out the old, ring in the new,
    Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
    The year is going, let him go
    Ring out the false, ring in the true.

    From In Memoriam by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

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