Collected Poems of John Holmes
Holmes, John A., Jr.
If you go far enough in grief,
If you go deep enough in love,
There is no longer day not dark,
Nor hell below nor heaven above.
But you are sure of love and grief.
You know forever is not long.
You know that never may be soon,
And only loneliness is wrong.
"Then hurt me, love; and heal me, grief;
And give me my desire too late,
Lest I forget, "you cry "the joy
In strength to bear up any weight."
Now you remember what you are
And you can spend your heart away,
As for the sake of flying, birds
Wing upward in the empty day.
You lie down easily to sleep,
Nothing lost, - and nothing to keep
But kindness in the hands and eyes,
And the knowledge you are wise.