Learn More

Louise Imogen Guiney

(1861 - 1920 / United States)

Friendship Broken


I

We chose the faint chill morning, friend and friend,
Pacing the twilight out beneath an oak,
Soul calling soul to judgement; and we spoke
Strange things and deep as any poet penned,
Such truth as never truth again can mend,
Whatever arts we win, what gods invoke;
It was not wrath, it made nor strife nor smoke:
Be what it may, it had a solemn end.
Farewell, in peace. We of the selfsame throne
Are foeman vassals; pale astrologers,
Each a wise sceptic of the other's star.
Silently, as we went our ways alone,
The steadfast sun, whom no poor prayer deters.
Drew high between us his majestic bar.

II

Mine was the mood that shows the dearest face
Thro' a long avenue, and voices kind
Idle, and indeterminate, and blind

As rumors from a very distant place;
Yet, even so, it gathered the first chase
Of the first swallows where the lane's inclined,
An ebb of wavy wings to serve my mind
For round Spring's vision. Ah, some equal grace
(The calm sense of seen beauty without sight)
Befell thee, honorable heart! no less
In patient stupor walking from the dawn;
Albeit thou too wert loser of life's light,
Like fallen Adam in the wilderness,
Aware of naught but of the thing withdrawn.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: farewell, truth, friend, star, spring, peace, beauty, alone, sun, light

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Friendship Broken by Louise Imogen Guiney )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  2. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  3. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  6. Winter Solstice, Jacqueline C Nash
  7. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
  8. A Smile To Remember, Charles Bukowski
  9. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  10. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A little while a little love
The hour yet bears for thee and me
Who have not drawn the veil to see
If still our heaven be lit above.
Thou merely, at the day's last sigh,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Always Yours, Michael P. McParland
  2. Always You, Michael P. McParland
  3. Always Thinking Of You, Michael P. McParland
  4. Always, Michael P. McParland
  5. All The Love We Hide, Michael P. McParland
  6. Flummoxed, douglas scotney
  7. The Ex, stephen pennell
  8. Let Us Lay Down, Michael P. McParland
  9. Clears Throat, Mae AC.
  10. Lonliness And Madness = Useless Loveless.., Michael P. McParland
[Hata Bildir]