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Missing

Sarah Orne Jewett

You walked beside me, quick and free;
With lingering touch you grasped my hand;
Your eyes looked laughingly in mine;
And now I can not understand.

I long for you, I mourn for you,
Through all the dark and lonely hours.
Heavy the weight the pallmen* lift,
And cover silently with flowers.


Notes

"Missing" appeared in Harper's Magazine (64: 499) in March 1882.

pallmen: pall bearers.

Edited and annotated by Terry Heller, Coe College.

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