Nellie Isabelle Steward Cooper

Youngstown, Ohio
Nellie Isabelle Steward Cooper
Youngstown, Ohio


I could not say that this
Is the end of everything

Could I?

That this moment was the pivot
Upon which the world turned
And I, from it thrown outward


To alien and unconquerable worlds beyond
Cold in the steady brilliance of stars I have forgotten

Yet for it I loved you more

That in my tentative perplexed guessing
I found a stone wall, and no answers

As though you were steeling yourself with me
To be stalwart in disaster and mute in crisis
Defining limits that gave no hope

But within whose confinement
We must still be
And ache with awareness

Nor to lay on each other any push
To arrange, disperse, comfort or seek

Any way out

Two souls together who will never in any despair
Of mind
Lie quiet again on the green hillside

And turn with the sun

Hope never so freely given me as you gave it

Now the firm shut door

The plaintive reply-'this way is closed'
Go elsewhere
Thursday, September 17, 2009
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Howard Johnson 29 September 2009
Nice piece Isabelle, enjoyed reading it, Thank you for sharing
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