To My Sister – Memorial Poems – Remembrance Poems – Sister Poems


To My Sister

(Memorial Poems – Remembrance Poems)

Thou’rt sleeping calmly in thy tomb,

While I from day to day

Still blunder on amid the gloom

Of life’s uncertain way.

Thou’rt resting here in perfect peace,

Kind Heaven favored thee,

In that it willed thee quick release

From all the cares that be.

But thou wert ne’er a child of earth,

Ne’er like the noisy crowd

Who clustered round our father’s hearth

Thy voice was never loud.

And sometimes when the moon at night

Shines through the open door,

And casts a belt of silver light

Across our humble floor

I fancy then, my sister dear,

That back to earth and me

Thy spirit floats; I feel thee near,

Though thee I cannot see.

I stretch vain arms that would enfold

Thee in a fond embrace,

Forgetting long, long, years have rolled

Since I beheld thy face.

‘Twas well thou could’st not long remain

Where care would be thy lot,

Nor would I have thee back again,

God knows, dear, I would not.

In vain in thought I backward stray

And search from year to year

To record find of e’en a day

Unclouded by a care.

Joy never twined a wreath for me

In May-day’s sunniest hours,

But sorrow’s tares were safe to be

Inwoven with the flowers.

It hovers o’er me through the night

And robs me of my rest,

Nor flies when morning sunbeams light

The dew on nature’s breast.

But storms may beat about thy grave

And rage above thy head;

It frets thee not how winds may rave

Safe in thy silent bed.

And I could oft without regret

Resign each cherished scheme

And rest with thee, so care beset

And weary do I seem.

But not while shines an harvest sun

Must slumber come to me,

At eve, with full day’s labor done

Sweeter the rest will be.

~ Louisa Lawson