A Confession To A Friend in Trouble

Thomas Hardy 1840 (Stinsford) – 1928 (Dorchester, Dorset)

YOUR troubles shrink not, though I feel them less
  Here, far away, than when I tarried near;
  I even smile old smiles--with listlessness--
  Yet smiles they are, not ghastly mockeries mere.

  A thought too strange to house within my brain
  Haunting its outer precincts I discern:
  --That I will not show zeal again to learn
  Your griefs, and, sharing them, renew my pain....

  It goes, like murky bird or buccaneer
  That shapes its lawless figure on the main,
  And each new impulse tends to make outflee
  The unseemly instinct that had lodgment here;
  Yet, comrade old, can bitterer knowledge be
  Than that, though banned, such instinct was in me!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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