“I must go now”

I’m currently reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Yes! Finally reading again!), and came to this page with this beautiful poem:

I must go now.

Let you go.

Love is too often

The answer for staying.

Too seldom the reason

For going.

I drop the line

And watch you drift away.

All along

You thought

The fiery current

Of your lover’s breast

Pulled you to the deep.

But it was my heart-tide

Releasing you

To float adrift

With seaweed.

~Amanda Hamilton, “Where the Crawdads Sing”, page 213, by Delia Owens

This poem by Amanda Hamilton came up as Kya reflected on Chase Andrews’ scheme to lure the her in with a relationship and marriage as bait, then bedded her, and finally dropped her for someone else. Feeling used and forever mistrusting of others, Kya’s reflection here is of letting go and hits a soft spot in my emotional mind of the past year. Perhaps love shouldn’t be dabbled with. “Perhaps love is best left as a fallow field.”


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