In Time Of Grief

Lizette Woodworth Reese 1856 (Waverly) – 1935



Dark, thinned, beside the wall of stone,
The box dripped in the air;
Its odor through my house was blown
Into the chamber there.

Remote and yet distinct the scent,
The sole thing of the kind,
As though one spoke a word half meant
That left a sting behind.

I knew not Grief would go from me,
And naught of it be plain,
Except how keen the box can be
After a fall of rain.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 22, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 367
Words 77
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4

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