void of course

the earth will swing us, as she goes

Gerard Manley Hopkins [1844-1889]

Posted by sailorstakewarning on April 11, 2010

margaret, are you grieving over goldengrove unleaving?

leaves, like the things of man, you with your fresh thoughts care for, can you?

ah! as the heart grows older
it will come to such sights colder
by & by, nor spare a sigh
though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
& yet you wíll weep & know why now no matter, child, the name:
sorrow’s springs are the same.
nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
what heart heard of, ghost guessed:
it is the blight man was born for,
it is margaret you mourn for.

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