Thursday, June 4, 2009

Poem of the Day: "Broken Friendship"

I can relate to this poem for any of a handful of woebegone friendships, even despite the rather panicky tone establish by Coleridge's excitable use of exclamation points. Opium is a powerful drug, one that cuts many ways in application to a gifted poet.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Broken Friendship"

Alas! they had been friends in youth,
But whispering tongues can poison truth!
And constancy lives in realms above!
And life is thorny, and Youth is vain!
And to be wroth with one we love,
Doth work like madness in the brain!
They parted -- ne'er to meet again!
But never either found another
To free the hollow heart from paining!
They stood aloof, the scars remaining;
Like cliffs which had been rent asunder!
A dreary sea now flows between;
But neither heat, nor frost, nor thunder,
Shall wholly do away, I ween,
The marks of that which once had been.

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