Poetry of Kansas

Beyond the River.

The time must come, I know, when we shall part___
All ties must sever:
This golden zone, enclasping heart to heart,
Must snap and shiver.
But doth yon deep, dark stream, part evermore?
Or shall we meet and greet on that far shore,
Beyond the river?
If we shall meet___oh! would that I knew how!
In saintly blessing?
Or shall we stand as we are standing now___
Mutely caressing?
Is yonder life but this grown rich and grand?
Or is humanity left on the strand___
Dropped in undressing?
Oh would I knew! The misty clouds that lie
Those waters over
Still darkly droop, still mock my straining eye,
Still thickly hover.
I call and question. Silence hath no tone.
In vain I ask how shall I meet my own___
As friend or lover?
Love is so precious, life so frail and fleet!
Hearts bleed and quiver;
Tears wet the prints of dear departing feet,
Gone hence forever.
Parting is bitter. If I could but know
That thou wilt be to me the same as now,
Beyond the river!
Is love eternal? Still yon sullen cloud
Answers me never.
In vain I plead; it folds its sable shroud,
Silent forever.
But I shall know. "Tis useless to contend
With shadows; yet all doubt shall have an end
Beyond the river.

__Ellen P. Allerton.

Walls of Corn and Other Poems
Ellen P. Allerton
(Hiawatha, KS: Harrington Printing Company. 1894)
Pages 132-133

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