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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Absence


After you went away, our lovely room
    Seemed like a casket whence the soul had fled.
I stood in awful and appalling gloom,
    The world was empty and all joy seemed dead.

I think I felt as one might feel who knew
    That Death had left him on the earth alone.
For "all the world" to my fond heart means you;
    And there is nothing left when you are gone.

Each way I turned my sad, tear-blinded gaze,
    I found fresh torture to augment my grief;
Some new reminder of the perfect days
    We passed together, beautiful as brief.

There lay a pleasing book that we had read---
    And there your latest gift; and everywhere
Some tender act, some loving word you said,
    Seemed to take form and mock at my despair.

All happiness that human heart may know
    I find with you; and when you go away,
Those hours become a winding-sheet of woe,
    And make a ghastly phantom of To-day. 



Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox's other poems:
  1. At the Fork of the Road
  2. The Barbarous Chief
  3. The Bed
  4. The Beggar Cat
  5. The Black Man's Claim


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Matthew Arnold Absence ("IN THIS fair strangers eyes of grey")
  • Charlotte Mew Absence ("Sometimes I know the way")
  • Robert Bridges Absence ("When my love was away")
  • William Bowles Absence ("There is strange music in the stirring wind")
  • Amy Lowell Absence ("My cup is empty to-night")
  • Claude McKay Absence ("Your words dropped into my heart like pebbles into a pool")
  • Mary Robinson Absence ("WHEN from the craggy mountains pathless steep")

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