A Poem for a Thursday #102

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Tennessee Williams is best known for writing plays such as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire. However, he also wrote short stories, essays, and poetry. 

We have not long to love.

Light does not stay.

The tender things are those

we fold away.

Coarse fabrics are the ones

for common wear.

In silence I have watched you

comb your hair.

Intimate the silence,

dim and warm.

I could, but did not, reach

to touch your arm.

I could, but do not, break

that which is still.

(Almost the faintest whisper

would be shrill.)

So moments pass as though

they wished to stay.

We have not long to love.

A night. A day...

We Have Not Long to Love

Tennessee Williams


  1. Good one. It reminds me of Brief Encounters, one of my favorite movies.