Time Does Not Bring Relief | In Loving Memory Poems

Time Does Not Bring Relief
(In Loving Memory Poems)

Time does not bring relief, you all have lied
Who told me time would ease me of my pain!
I want him at the shrinking of the tide.
The old snows melt from every mountain-side.
And last year’s leaves are smoke in every lane
But last year’s bitter loving must remain.
Heaped on my heart, and my old thoughts abide.
There are a hundred places where I fear
To go – so with his memory they brim.
And entering with relief some quiet place
Where never fell his foot or shone his face
I say, ‘There is no memory of him here!’
And so stand stricken, so remembering him.

– Edna St Vincent Millay (1892 -1950)