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Change - Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Changed? Yes, I will confess it – I have changed.
I do not love you in the old fond way.
I am your friend still – time has not estranged
One kindly feeling of that vanished day.

But the bright glamour which made life a dream,
The rapture of that time, its sweet content,
Like visions of a sleeper’s brain they seem –
And yet I cannot tell you how they went.

Why do you gaze with such accusing eyes
Upon me, dear? It is so very strange
That hearts, like all things underneath God’s skies,
Should sometimes feel the influence of change?

The birds, the flowers, the foliage of the trees,
The stars which seem so fixed, and so sublime,
Vast continents, and the eternal seas, -
All these do change, with ever-changing time.

The face our mirror shows us year on year
Is not the same; our dearest aim, or need,
Our lightest thought, or feeling hope, or fear,
All, all the law of alternation heed.

How can we ask the human heart to stay,
Content with fancies of Youth’s earliest hours?
The year outgrows the violets of May,
Although, maybe, there are no fairer flowers.

And life may hold no sweeter love than this,
Which lies so cold, so voiceless, and so dumb,
And will I miss it, dear? Why, yes, we miss
The violets always – till the roses come!


Comments about Change by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • Gold Star - 88,110 Points Susan Williams (12/16/2015 2:37:00 PM)

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox totally surprised me with this piece. After reading her faith poetry, I would never ever have thought she would write about the changeableness of the human heart and that young love may not linger. That leads to the topic of divorce and that is why I am stunned. The last two stanzas are particularly poignant (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Kali Abyss (3/22/2008 7:28:00 PM)

    This is awesome, really a beautiful poem...Algo triste, pero realmente hermoso (Report) Reply

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Poems About Change

  1. 1. Change Upon Change , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  2. 2. Change , Kathleen Jessie Raine
  3. 3. A Change Of Menu , Banjo Paterson
  4. 4. Sonnet 123: No, Time, Thou Shalt Not Boa.. , William Shakespeare
  5. 5. I Cannot Change, As Others Do , Lord John Wilmot
  6. 6. Change , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  7. 7. It Will Not Change , Sara Teasdale
  8. 8. Elegy Iii: Change , John Donne
  9. 9. Sonnet: Change You Can But… , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  10. 10. The Course Of Life, Time, And Events And.. , Merlin Archivilla
  11. 11. Welcome Change , Gina Whitacre
  12. 12. Change , Raymond Knister
  13. 13. Why Flowers Change Colour , Robert Herrick
  14. 14. A Change Of Air , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  15. 15. Villanelle Of Change , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  16. 16. Change Should Breed Change , William Henry Drummond
  17. 17. A Prayer For Change , Linda Ori
  18. 18. Change And Death , Charles Harpur
  19. 19. ’tis Time For A Change Of Heart! , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  20. 20. Constancy In Change , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  21. 21. Modern Love X: But Where Began The Change , George Meredith
  22. 22. Winds Of Change , asma bahrainwala
  23. 23. Chance And Change , Esther Leclerc
  24. 24. (((((Wind Of Change))))) , Lillian Jamison
  25. 25. I Cannot Change, As Others Do , John Wilmot
  26. 26. Everything That Will Not Change , Amberlee Carter
  27. 27. Change , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  28. 28. I Wish It Would Change , Tiara Neal
  29. 29. "Welcome" Change , Pat Richards
  30. 30. Change. , Pissed Off
  31. 31. Pollution And Climate Change , Michael Shepherd
  32. 32. Butterfly, The Creature Of Change And Su.. , Aisha Sherazi
  33. 33. (620) Menopause-A Change Of Life , Melvina Germain
  34. 34. ** Seasons Change. , Shelley L Baxter
  35. 35. Change, The Inevitable. , Jake Harris
  36. 36. I Love You As You Are - Now Change , Flying Lemming
  37. 37. Change , Muriel Stuart
  38. 38. Sonnet: God’s Love And Scriptures- Will .. , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  39. 39. Time For A Change , Linda Ori
  40. 40. The Change , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  41. 41. A Positive Change , Seema Chowdhury
  42. 42. (landscapes Collection) .... A Change Of.. , Janice Windle
  43. 43. No Notice Gave She, But A Change , Emily Dickinson
  44. 44. Sea Change , Robert William Service
  45. 45. A Change Of Luck , Theresa Ann Moore
  46. 46. Change Me O God , Jennie Nguyen
  47. 47. Slight Change , Doom and Gloom
  48. 48. The Change , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  49. 49. Me, Change! Me, Alter! , Emily Dickinson
  50. 50. Change , Otteri Selvakumar
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