Ruba’i: Footprint

I found her footmark in the snow;
Though there were many, I would know
My lover’s imprint anywhere,
And where she wanders, I would go.

Beneath the birches winter-bare,
I walk alone. The clouding air
Is silent; birds are heard no more
Along the path we used to share.

And soon that single sign I saw
Will be erased; now comes the thaw.
That final trace will disappear
When Spring reclaims the forest floor.

But I will seek her, far and near
Through every season of the year.
For what is life when she’s not here?
It is no life when she’s not here.

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11 thoughts on “Ruba’i: Footprint

    • And I’m smiling too now! This is an unashamedly romantic piece; I wanted to give it the feel of an old folk song, the kind a jolly country swain might sing about his fair pretty maid, so I’m delighted to have it described as ‘old-fashioned’ – and ‘well-fashioned’ is always a great compliment – thank you! N.

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