Katherine Mansfield

(14 October 1888 – 9 January 1923 / Wellington)

The Gulf

Poem by Katherine Mansfield

A Gulf of silence separates us from each other.
I stand at one side of the gulf, you at the other.
I cannot see you or hear you, yet know that you are there.
Often I call you by your childish name
And pretend that the echo to my crying is your voice.
How can we bridge the gulf? Never by speech or touch.
Once I thought we might fill it quite up with tears.
Now I want to shatter it with our laughter.


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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