The Barrier

I must not gaze at them although

Your eyes are dawning day;

I must not watch you as you go

Your sun-illumined way;

I hear but I must never heed

The fascinating note,

Which, fluting like a river-reed,

Comes from your trembling throat;

I must not see upon your face

Love's softly glowing spark;

For there's the barrier of race,

You're fair and I am dark.

The Banjo Player The Battle Autumn Of 1862 facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail