A Year's Spinning Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A Year's Spinning

Rating: 2.9

He listened at the porch that day,
To hear the wheel go on, and on;
And then it stopped, ran back away,
While through the door he brought the sun:
But now my spinning is all done.

He sat beside me, with an oath
That love ne'er ended, once begun;
I smiled--believing for us both,
What was the truth for only one:
And now my spinning is all done.

My mother cursed me that I heard
A young man's wooing as I spun:
Thanks, cruel mother, for that word--
For I have, since, a harder known!
And now my spinning is all done.

I thought--O God!--my first-born's cry
Both voices to mine ear would drown:
I listened in mine agony--
It was the silence made me groan!
And now my spinning is all done.

Bury me 'twixt my mother's grave,
(Who cursed me on her death-bed lone)
And my dead baby's (God it save!)
Who, not to bless me, would not moan.
And now my spinning is all done.

A stone upon my heart and head,
But no name written on the stone!
Sweet neighbours, whisper low instead,
"This sinner was a loving one--
And now her spinning is all done."

And let the door ajar remain,
In case he should pass by anon;
And leave the wheel out very plain,--
That HE, when passing in the sun,
May see the spinning is all done.

Francie Lynch 13 November 2017

Who is referred to in the line: Who, not to bless me, would not moan.? The protagonist would fit into the Hollywood scene today.

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Victoria Udnæs 13 November 2017

I really loved this poem! Especially the last two verses. Beautifully composed!

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Hassan Hayati 13 November 2017

This poem took me to the other world for moments. I think this is the feature of ART, Excellent.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 13 November 2017

An immortal poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning......

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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 13 November 2017

A touching poem by Elizabeth Barret Browning.

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Chinedu Dike 03 July 2022

A beautiful rendition of words

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 03 July 2022

A wonderful poem so beautifully crafted and well executed.

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Very spiritual and crafted wonderfully.....10++

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Abdul Rahman 27 July 2020

Verily a wonderful poem about a year" s spinning.

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