Poetry of Kansas

Is Marriage a Failure?

When we were young, and Love was young,
   And life was bright with morning dew,
And Hope sang sweet with silver tongue.
   I did not think so then___did you?
 
The years went by. Up stony roads
   We toiled, still hand in hand, we two,
While dear love lightened heaviest loads___
   I did not think so then___did you?
 
Sore trouble came; and griefs and fears
   Sat at our hearth the sad days through;
And while each dried the other's tears,
   I did not think so then___did you?
 
While henceforth through the shadows lead
   Dim down-hill paths before us two,
And each of us had greatest needs,
   I do not think so now___do you?
 
When through the dark vale all must tread
   One passes, and on bosom true,
Leans at last a dying head___
   I will not think so then, will you?

__Ellen P. Allerton.

Walls of Corn and Other Poems
Ellen P. Allerton
(Hiawatha, KS: Harrington Printing Company. 1894)
Pages 98-99

 
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