Retreating Wind

I see it is with you as with the birches:
I am not to speak to you
in the personal way. Much
has passed between us. Or
was it always only
on the one side?

I am
at fault, at fault, I asked you
to be human — I am no needier
than other people. But the absence
of all feeling, of the least
concern for me — I might as well go on
addressing the birches,
as in my former life: let them
do their worst, let them
bury me with the Romantics,
their pointed yellow leaves
falling and covering me.

-Louise Gl├╝ck

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