Ah, dear-beloved friend: with what an ache
My heart now longs to set my eyes on you,
To, with such fierce affection as I dare,
Enfold you in these weary, empty arms!
So strong now is this melancholy mood
That I must wonder: when I saw your face,
And felt your friendship’s warmth, and heard your voice
Each day for months—how was I ever sad?
For I remember such distracted grief—
How did I not, with you nearby, delight?

But now my dreaming mind has seen your face
And sent me stumbling toward you, arms outstretched
To greet you fondly with a warm embrace,
Only to find myself alone—awake—
This stirring longing and this bitter gloom
Have come upon me like a sudden cloud.
Oh, that our paths might once again converge,
That we might for a while again partake
Of the blest, happy fellowship we shared,
And grant each other friendship’s pure delight.

I began this poem a few weeks ago, after a riveting dream about a dear absent friend, then finished it earlier this week.

As always, I earnestly welcome your comments, suggestions, questions, critique, or other feedback about this or any other part of my work. (In other words, if you liked this poem, or you didn’t like it, or it made you think of something, or … please leave a comment to let me know.) If you liked this, you can follow this blog, which includes one of my poems every Friday, or read other poems I’ve written here on my blog (starting with yesterday’s archive installment, since the full archive is by now, at well over a hundred poems, somewhat daunting); I’d especially like to know, as part of my preparations for a collection, which poems you think are my best. You may also share this poem with others, subject to my sharing policy.

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