DROUGHT

Why do we pity those who weep? The pain
    That finds a ready outlet in the flow
    Of salt and bitter tears is blessèd woe,
And does not need our sympathies.  The rain
But fits the shorn field for new yield of grain;
    While the red brazen skies, the sun's fierce glow,
    The dry, hot winds that from the tropics blow
Do parch and wither the unsheltered plain.
The anguish that through long, remorseless years
    Looks out upon the world with no relief,
Of sudden tempests or slow dripping tears,--
    The still, unuttered, silent, wordless grief
That evermore doth ache, and ache, and ache,--
This is the sorrow wherewith hearts do break.

Poems of Passion by Ella Wheeler
Chicago : Belford, Clarke & Co, 1883.


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