Love's Reply

by Andrea M. Newton

In imitation of Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Love's Philosophy"

     As Fountains mingle with the Rivers
          So tears join one another
     When a heart is cruelly splintered
          By a leaving lover;
     All hearts in the world are single,
          No hope is ever gained
     When two spirits meet and mingle,
          Time and love are pained.

     See the broken-hearted crumble
          And the weak of spirit die;
     No wonder jilted lovers mumble,
          "Dearest God, oh, why?"
     And often have I felt the sorrow
          And often felt the pain:
     As love will only pain tomorrow,
          I'll never love again.