Judith Wright

(1915 - 2000 / New South Wales / Australia)

The Company Of Lovers


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.

Submitted: Saturday, March 27, 2010

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  • Rookie Wessex Wanderer (3/23/2014 10:46:00 AM)

    This poem was written about 1940 when around the world men were going off to war not knowing if they'd ever see their loved ones again.
    It is short, simple, and utterly beautiful, it makes me cry! | (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Wessex Wanderer (3/23/2014 10:43:00 AM)

    This poem was written about 1940 when around the world men were going off to war not knowing if they'd ever see their loved ones again.
    It is short, simple, and utterly beautiful, it makes me cry! | (Report) Reply

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