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Change - Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Changed? Yes, I will confess it – I have changed.
I do not love you in the old fond way.
I am your friend still – time has not estranged
One kindly feeling of that vanished day.

But the bright glamour which made life a dream,
The rapture of that time, its sweet content,
Like visions of a sleeper’s brain they seem –
And yet I cannot tell you how they went.

Why do you gaze with such accusing eyes
Upon me, dear? It is so very strange
That hearts, like all things underneath God’s skies,
Should sometimes feel the influence of change?

The birds, the flowers, the foliage of the trees,
The stars which seem so fixed, and so sublime,
Vast continents, and the eternal seas, -
All these do change, with ever-changing time.

The face our mirror shows us year on year
Is not the same; our dearest aim, or need,
Our lightest thought, or feeling hope, or fear,
All, all the law of alternation heed.

How can we ask the human heart to stay,
Content with fancies of Youth’s earliest hours?
The year outgrows the violets of May,
Although, maybe, there are no fairer flowers.

And life may hold no sweeter love than this,
Which lies so cold, so voiceless, and so dumb,
And will I miss it, dear? Why, yes, we miss
The violets always – till the roses come!


Comments about Change by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • Gold Star - 105,168 Points Susan Williams (12/16/2015 2:37:00 PM)

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox totally surprised me with this piece. After reading her faith poetry, I would never ever have thought she would write about the changeableness of the human heart and that young love may not linger. That leads to the topic of divorce and that is why I am stunned. The last two stanzas are particularly poignant (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Kali Abyss (3/22/2008 7:28:00 PM)

    This is awesome, really a beautiful poem...Algo triste, pero realmente hermoso (Report) Reply

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Poems About Change

  1. 1. Change Upon Change , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  2. 2. A Change Of Menu , Banjo Paterson
  3. 3. Change , Kathleen Jessie Raine
  4. 4. Sonnet 123: No, Time, Thou Shalt Not Boa.. , William Shakespeare
  5. 5. I Cannot Change, As Others Do , Lord John Wilmot
  6. 6. Change , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  7. 7. It Will Not Change , Sara Teasdale
  8. 8. Elegy Iii: Change , John Donne
  9. 9. A Change Of Air , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  10. 10. Sonnet: Change You Can But… , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  11. 11. The Course Of Life, Time, And Events And.. , Merlin Archivilla
  12. 12. Welcome Change , Gina Whitacre
  13. 13. Why Flowers Change Colour , Robert Herrick
  14. 14. Villanelle Of Change , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  15. 15. Change , Raymond Knister
  16. 16. A Prayer For Change , Linda Ori
  17. 17. Change Should Breed Change , William Henry Drummond
  18. 18. Change And Death , Charles Harpur
  19. 19. Modern Love X: But Where Began The Change , George Meredith
  20. 20. Constancy In Change , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  21. 21. Winds Of Change , asma bahrainwala
  22. 22. Chance And Change , Esther Leclerc
  23. 23. ’tis Time For A Change Of Heart! , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  24. 24. I Cannot Change, As Others Do , John Wilmot
  25. 25. Everything That Will Not Change , Amberlee Carter
  26. 26. Change , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  27. 27. I Wish It Would Change , Tiara Neal
  28. 28. "Welcome" Change , Pat Richards
  29. 29. Change. , Pissed Off
  30. 30. Butterfly, The Creature Of Change And Su.. , Aisha Sherazi
  31. 31. (landscapes Collection) .... A Change Of.. , Janice Windle
  32. 32. (620) Menopause-A Change Of Life , Melvina Germain
  33. 33. (((((Wind Of Change))))) , Lillian Jamison
  34. 34. ** Seasons Change. , Shelley L Baxter
  35. 35. Change, The Inevitable. , Jake Harris
  36. 36. I Love You As You Are - Now Change , Flying Lemming
  37. 37. Change , Muriel Stuart
  38. 38. Sonnet: God’s Love And Scriptures- Will .. , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  39. 39. Time For A Change , Linda Ori
  40. 40. The Change , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  41. 41. Pollution And Climate Change , Michael Shepherd
  42. 42. A Positive Change , Seema Chowdhury
  43. 43. No Notice Gave She, But A Change , Emily Dickinson
  44. 44. Sea Change , Robert William Service
  45. 45. Change Me O God , Jennie Nguyen
  46. 46. The Change , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  47. 47. Me, Change! Me, Alter! , Emily Dickinson
  48. 48. Change , Otteri Selvakumar
  49. 49. Change Of Heart , Dónall Dempsey
  50. 50. Season Of Change , Linda Ori
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