The Company of Lovers

Judith Wright

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We meet and part now over all the world;
we, the lost company,
take hands together in the night, forget
the night in our brief happiness, silently.
We, who sought many things, throw all away
for this one thing, one only,
remembering that in the narrow grave
we shall be lonely.

Death marshalls up his armies round us now.
Their footsteps crowd too near.
Lock your warm hand above the chilling heart
and for a time I live without my fear.
Grope in the night to find me and embrace,
for the dark preludes of the drums begin,
and round us round the company of lovers,
death draws his cordons in.

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  • MarquisStainfort

    WOW, REALLY MAKES YOU THINK ABOUT LIFE AND LOVE. DEEP STUFF.

    • lulu31

      THIS WOMAN, JUDITH WRIGHT, HAS A WAY WITH WORDS. SHE CAN PUT SO MUCH EMOTION INTO HER POETRY. THIS ONE HIT ME RIGHT IN THE FEELS. IT'S ABOUT LOVE BUT ALSO DEATH AND HOW THEY'RE TIED TOGETHER. PRETTY DEEP STUFF. REALLY MAKES YOU THINK. KUDOS TO MS. WRIGHT FOR SUCH THOUGHT-PROVOKING WORK! šŸ‘šŸ‘šŸ‘šŸ’ŒšŸ’”šŸ˜­šŸ’–šŸ‘ŒšŸ‘šŸ“šŸ‘šŸ‘šŸ‘

      • rhine

        NOT SURE Iā€™M ON BOARD WITH THIS ONE. FOUND IT TO BE A BIT DEPRESSING RATHER THAN MOVING. THE IMAGERY WAS DARK AND THE LOVE DESCRIBED FELT MORE TERRIFYING THAN COMFORTING. MADE ME FEEL RATHER LONELY AND DOWNCAST, RATHER THAN INSPIRED OR TOUCHED. NOT EVERYONE'S CUP OF TEA I GUESS! OH WELL, TO EACH THEIR OWN. JUST MY TWO CENTS!