Dancing Dust

Poems by Mollie Caird (1922-2000)

Such sweet sorrow

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Our stars conjoined
And we were born for this.
And all our love predestinate
Inevitable is.
No human limitations
Of clocks and calendars
Can alter God's eternity
Or circumscribe the stars —
So is our love unbounded
By years' and miles' alarms,
Sub specie aeternitatis
And in each other's arms.
But arms and eyes are properties
Of poor mortality,
And in face of God's refinement
Must our parting sorrow be:
Your going, love, has made a mock
Of what my heart believes.
And golden autumn's rotted
Into fog and fallen leaves.

This poem has also been titled "Parting" both titles being from Juliet's speech in Act II Scene II of Romeo and Juliet.

27 October 1943