Poem

The Going

June 24, 2013

THE GOING

Thomas Hardy.

Hardy is better known for his novels, but some of his poetry is very good indeed, and he has the nineteenth century feel for things passing that culminated in the First World War.
I found this poem in a anthology, and it was right for how I felt, right for the moment. So I have learned it. It makes me sad, it makes me cry, but it is a very good poem for the ripped heart.


Why did you give no hint that night
That quickly after the morrows dawn,
And calmly, as if indifferent quite,
You would close your term here, up and be gone
Where I could not follow
With wing of swallow
To gain one glimpse of you ever anon.

Never to bid goodbye,
Or lip me the softest call,
Or utter a wish for a word, while I
Saw morning harden upon the wall,
Unmoved, unknowing
That your great going
Had place that moment, and altered all.

Why do you make me leave the house
And think for a breath it is you I see
At the end of the alley of bending boughs
Where so often at dusk you used to be;
Till in darkening dankness
The yawning blankness
Of the perspective sickens me.

You were she who abode
By those red-veined rocks far West,
You were the swan-necked one who rode
Along the beetling Beeny Crest,
And, reining nigh me,
Would muse and eye me,
While Life unrolled us its very best.

Why, then, latterly did we not speak,
Did we not think of those days long dead,
And ere your vanishing strive to seek
That times renewal? We might have said,
In this bright spring weather
Well visit together
Those places that once we visited.

Well, well! Alls past amend,
Unchangeable. It must go.
I seem but a dead man held on end
To sink down soon O you could not know
That such swift fleeing
No soul foreseeing
Not even I would undo me so.