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NPG x132915; Edward Thomas by Emil Otto ('E.O.') HoppÈ

Like the touch of rain she was
On a man’s flesh and hair and eyes
When the joy of walking thus
Has taken him by surprise:

With the love of the storm he burns,
He sings, he laughs, well I know how,
But forgets when he returns
As I shall not forget her ‘Go now’.

Those two words shut a door
Between me and the blessed rain
That was never shut before
And will not open again.

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“Like the Touch of Rain” by Edward Thomas, which you can find in his irreplaceable collection Selected Poems and Prose.