Poetry of Kansas
 

Departed.

I sat one day at the door of a tomb,
    In from the stir of the busy street,
I entered a house, in whose every room
    Were viewless prints of departed feet.
 
All was familiar; the light shone through
    On books and tables, on pictured wall;
They were well known objects that met my view,
    Yet a shadowy change was over them all.
 
With aching heart and with starting tear,
    I longed for glances I did not meet,
For a woman's voice that I did not bear,
    For a loving hand-clasp, warm and sweet.
 
Radiant eyes where the true heart shone;
    Light feet speeding at duty's call;
Hands so busy:___(their work is done)
    Tongue cannot tell how I miss them all.
 
I miss them all; and I miss as well
    The household darling, the maiden mild;
Her music that charmed with its magic spell;
    The winsome ways of a happy child.
 
O earnest matron! O maiden sweet.
    My heart would ache and the tears would come,
As I turned again to the busy street,
    Saying but little___for grief is dumb.

__Ellen P. Allerton.

Walls of Corn and Other Poems
Ellen P. Allerton
(Hiawatha, KS: Harrington Printing Company. 1894)
Pages 173-174

 
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