Friendship After Love By Ella Wheeler Wilcox! In this poem, the poet, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, describes the frustration of former enthusiasts who attempt to hold their friendship. While they no longer want to go again to the ache of their incompatible love, friendship after the depth of love leaves them feeling “incomplete” and with “a feeling of loss.”
Friendship After Love
After the fierce midsummer all ablaze
Has burned itself to ashes, and expires
In the intensity of its own fires,
There come the mellow, mild, St. Martin days
Crowned with the calm of peace, but sad with haze.
So after Love has led us, till he tires
Of his own throes, and torments, and desires,
Comes large-eyed Friendship: with a restful gaze.
He beckons us to follow, and across
Cool verdant vales we wander free from care.
Is it a touch of frost lies in the air?
Why are we haunted with a sense of loss?
We do not wish the pain back, or the heat;
And yet, and yet, these days are incomplete.
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