My Room
by Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

High up here I live
Right against the sky;
Pale and meditative
The moon comes here and I.
Let folks ring below,
What do I care today?
It is no one that I know-
One being gone away.

Unseen by others here
I stitch each silken flower,
Within inward tear on tear
Yet passionless: my tower
Gives me the cloudless sky.
From here I see the blue,
Star on star espy.
I see the tempest too.

Opposite my own
A chair stands through the hours.
His it was, that one;
One instant it was ours.
There it stands, the chair,
A ribbon signing it,
As in a calm despair-
My case, placed opposite.

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