Edna St. Vincent Millay

Sonnet 40

Loving you less than life, a little less
Than bitter-sweet upon a broken wall
Or brush-wood smoke in autumn, I confess
I cannot swear I love you not at all.
For there is that about you in this light -
A yellow darkness, sinister of rain ”
Which sturdily recalls my stubborn sight
To dwell on you, and dwell on you again.

And I made aware of many a week
I shall consume, remembering in what way
Your brown hair grows about your brow and cheek,
And what divine absurdities you say:
Till all the world, and I, and surely you,
Will know I love you, whether or not I do.