The Author Kate Chopin

To the Friend of My Youth: To Kitty


Published in 1900, this appears to be the final poem that Chopin published.
It is not all of life
To cling together while the years glide past.
It is not all of love
To walk with clasped hands from first to last.
That mystic garland which the spring did twine
Of scented lilac and the new-blown rose,
Faster than chains will hold my soul to thine
Thro' joy, and grief, thro' life--unto its close.


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