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Sunday, 1 April 2012

One Thing At Least by James McAuley

One thing at least I understood
Practically from the start,
That loving must be learnt by heart
If it’s to be any good.

It isn’t in the flash of thunder,
But in the silent power to give―
A habit into which we live
Ourselves, and grow to be a wonder.

Some like me are slow to learn:
What’s plain can be mysterious still.
Feelings alter, fade, return,

But love stands constant in the will:
It’s not alone the touching, seeing,
It’s how to mean the other’s being.

From: http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/mcauley-james/one-thing-at-least-0433015

Date: 1969

By: James McAuley (1917-1976)