All that I had I brought,
   Little enough I know;
A poor rhyme roughly wrought,
   A rose to match thy snow:
All that I had I brought.
Little enough I sought:
   But a word compassionate,
A passing glance, or thought,
   For me outside the gate:
Little enough I sought.
Little enough I found:
   All that you had, perchance!
With the dead leaves on the ground,
   I dance the devil’s dance.
All that you had I found.

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Lane Core Jr. (
Created November 13, 2002; not revised.