Friday, April 04, 2008

Poetry Friday - 6

I'm in a bit of a melancholy mood today (not sure why) and this poem by Christina Rossetti seems to fit my mood.

Remember

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.


This week's Poetry Friday round up is over at Becky's Book Reviews.

12 comments:

Mary Lee said...

Melancholy is pouring down out of the sky here yet again. Hopefully the sun will come out again soon for both of us -- literally and figuratively!

Michele said...

I hope so !!

TadMack said...

Oh, Michele! This is a perfect poem to pass along to someone in my writing group who is struggling to reflect melancholy in a character whose cousin has died. It's so sad, yet so perfect. Thanks for sharing it - and I'd say hope you feel better, but sometimes, a little melancholia is good for the soul.

Michele said...

I'm very glad that my timing's proved so apt, TadMack...

I'm not really sure why I'm feeling melancholic - I'm fit & healthy at the moment, and my writing's going very well... Odd !

Sarah Miller said...

Love this.

It ought to be read at funerals.

Michele said...

I agree Sarah !

Kelly Fineman said...

Great sonnet, Michele. I'm in with some depressing Wilfred Owen today, if you're still in the need of a wallow. But I rather hope things have taken a more cheerful turn!

Michele said...

I'm much cheerier now, thank you Kelly !

Becky said...

Melancholy, but beautiful and quite comforting, I find. Thanks, Michelle.

Michele said...

Thanks Becky...

And yes, I found it comforting too...

Sheila said...

I'm coming in late here and I was going to say I'm sorry you're feeling melancholy, but I see you're feeling a little better now. I think we all have those down times now and then. The poem is beautiful and just right for a melancholy mood.

Michele said...

I'm feeling lots better now, thank you. But the poem was perfect for my mood on Friday morning...