And hatred seems to cloud the very sky

When friendship and esteem have been foregone

When we have strangled virtue at her birth

And evil thoughts are all that we can find

We cannot take a draught of cheerful mirth;

Escape from this black prison in the mind.

When friendship and esteem have been foregone

And lone as buzzards circling are our hearts.

Remembrance of past joys will never come

And soon from us the last love will depart.

When wickedness draws down our minds to die

And hatred seems to cloud the very sky

When we don’t look to see the  geese fly by

When all we do is moan and weep and sigh

Then let’s remember all we have not lost;

Knot firm our souls till this dark grief has passed

Read more at: http://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/when_friendship_and_esteem_have_been_foregone_536474

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About Katherine

I like poetry and history.I love literature and music.I love Leonard Cohen
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