Poem: When we two parted by Lord Byron

At the risk of sounding like a slight ponce to some, poetry has always been of keen interest to me. And much like art, you can read “impressionist” style poetry that paints a visceral picture and gleans insight into the mind of the poet, and you also read “abstract” style poetry, like a Jackson Pollock piece if you will, which I suppose has value for art sake but otherwise escapes me. Give me meaty metaphors, sumptuous similes, alluring analogies and you have my undivided attention.

With that said, and in light of a recent article I wrote on tips for getting over a woman, I read the following poem from Lord Byron the other night which absolutely side-swiped me – and in the best way possible. Too good not to share.

When we two parted

by Lord Byron

When we two parted
In silence and tears,
Half broken-hearted,
To sever for years,

Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
Colder thy kiss ;

Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this.

The dew of the morning
Sank chill on my brow
It felt like the warning
Of what I feel now.

Thy vows are all broken,
And light is thy fame :

I hear thy name spoken,
And share in its shame.

They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear ;

A shudder comes 0’er me
why wert thou so dear?

They know not I knew thee,
who knew thee too well :
Long, long shall I rue thee
Too deeply to tell.

In secret we met
In silence I grieve
That thy heart could forget
Thy spirit deceive
If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee?
With silence and tears.


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