Sympathy

Edith Franklin Wyatt

 
As one within a moated tower,
    I lived my life alone;
And dreamed not other granges’ dower,
    Nor ways unlike mine own.
I thought I loved. But all alone
    As one within a moated tower
I lived. Nor truly knew
    One other mortal fortune’s hour.
As one within a moated tower,
    One fate alone I knew.
Who hears afar the break of day
    Before the silvered air
Reveals her hooded presence gray,
    And she, herself, is there?
I know not how, but now I see
    The road, the plain, the pluming tree,
The carter on the wain.
    On my horizon wakes a star.
The distant hillsides wrinkled far
    Fold many hearts’ domain.
On one the fire-worn forests sweep,
    Above a purple mountain-keep
And soar to domes of snow.
    One heart has swarded fountains deep
Where water-lilies blow:
    And one, a cheerful house and yard,
With curtains at the pane,
    Board-walks down lawns all clover-starred,
And full-fold fields of grain.
    As one within a moated tower
I lived my life alone;
    And dreamed not other granges’ dower
Nor ways unlike mine own.
    But now the salt-chased seas uncurled
And mountains trooped with pine
    Are mine. I look on all the world
And all the world is mine.
 

Further Reading

Poems about Earth
Amethyst Beads
by Eavan Boland
Clonazepam
by Donald Dunbar
Earth Took of Earth
by Anonymous
Earth Your Dancing Place
by May Swenson
Elegy in Limestone
by CJ Evans
Fiddler Jones
by Edgar Lee Masters
Gospel
by Philip Levine
Hamatreya
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
He Stood
by Aaron Shurin
Prologue of the Earthly Paradise
by William Morris
the earth is a living thing
by Lucille Clifton
The Earth Opens and Welcomes You
by Abdellatif Laâbi
To Earthward
by Robert Frost
[Toward the empty earth]
by Osip Mandelstam
Poems about Identity
A Legacy
by Prageeta Sharma
Black Laws
by Roger Reeves
Dream In Which I Meet Myself
by Lynn Emanuel
Escape
by Elinor Wylie
For Crying Out Loud
by Terrance Hayes
Happy first anniversary (in anticipation of your thirty ninth)
by Bob Hicok
Imaginary June
by C. D. Wright
Instructions on Damaging the Monster's Cloak of Invisibility
by Bradley Paul
Mirrors
by Tada Chimako
Mrs. Cavendish and the Dancer
by Stephen Dunn
mulberry fields
by Lucille Clifton
My Teacup
by Alli Warren
On Anti-Biography
by Will Alexander
On Disappearing
by Major Jackson
Self-portrait as Thousandfurs
by Stacy Gnall
The Fare-well Letters [excerpt]
by Evie Shockley
The Purpose of Ritual
by Melissa Broder
Woman in Front of Poster of Herself
by Alice Notley
Poems about Anonymity and Loneliness
"My True Love Hath My Heart and I Have His"
by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
79
by Joachim du Bellay
Don't Let Me Be Lonely [There was a time]
by Claudia Rankine
Acts of Mind
by Catherine Barnett
Alone
by Maya Angelou
Alone for a Week
by Jane Kenyon
Angel of Duluth [excerpt]
by Madelon Sprengnether
At a Window
by Carl Sandburg
Beyond the Pane
by Greg Hewett
Boston
by Aaron Smith
Danse Russe
by William Carlos Williams
Dear Lonely Animal,
by Oni Buchanan
Demeter in Paris
by Meghan O'Rourke
Donal Óg
by Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory
Drawing from Life
by Reginald Shepherd
Eating Alone
by Li-Young Lee
Found Poem
by Howard Nemerov
Gospel
by Philip Levine
How I Am
by Jason Shinder
How the mind works still to be sure
by Jennifer Denrow
How to See Deer
by Philip Booth
I Am Much Too Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone
by Rainer Maria Rilke
I Am!
by John Clare
I'm Nobody! Who are you? (260)
by Emily Dickinson
Isolation: To Marguerite
by Matthew Arnold
Loneliness
by Trumbull Stickney
Mnemosyne
by Trumbull Stickney
Montparnasse
by Ernest Hemingway
Mountain Pines
by Robinson Jeffers
Museum
by Glyn Maxwell
Ode to Solitude
by Alexander Pope
On the Terrace
by Landis Everson
R.I.P., My Love
by Tory Dent
Sex
by Michael Ryan
Skunk Hour
by Robert Lowell
Song of Myself
by John Canaday
Song of Quietness
by Robinson Jeffers
Sonnet V
by Mahmoud Darwish
The Creation
by James Weldon Johnson
The Daffodils
by William Wordsworth
The Hermit Goes Up Attic
by Maxine Kumin
The Living Beauty
by W. B. Yeats
The Long Deployment
by Jehanne Dubrow
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
by T. S. Eliot
The Sleepers
by Walt Whitman
The Suicide
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
the suicide kid
by Charles Bukowski
The Whole World Is Gone
by Jennifer Grotz
This Is a Photograph of Me
by Margaret Atwood
Those Winter Sundays
by Robert Hayden
Toro
by Sarah Gambito
WHERE?
by Kenneth Patchen
White Days
by Priscilla Becker
Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand
by Walt Whitman
Why Is the Color of Snow?
by Brenda Shaughnessy
Your Catfish Friend
by Richard Brautigan