Friday, July 10, 2015

ars poetica



The Echo Elf Answers
By Thomas Hardy
 
How much shall I love her?
For life, or not long?
                “Not long.”
Alas! When forget her?
In years, or by June?
                “By June.”
And whom woo I after?
No one, or a throng?
                “A throng.”
Of these shall I wed one
Long hence, or quite soon?
                “Quite soon.”
And which will my bride be?
The right or the wrong?
                “The wrong.”
And my remedy – what kind?
Wealth-wove, or earth-hewn?
                “Earth-hewn.”