The Ivy-Wife

I LONGED to love a full-boughed beech
  And be as high as he:
  I stretched an arm within his reach,
  And signalled unity.
  But with his drip he forced a breach,
  And tried to poison me.

  I gave the grasp of partnership
  To one of other race--
  A plane: he barked him strip by strip
  From upper bough to base;
  And me therewith; for gone my grip,
  My arms could not enlace.

  In new affection next I strove
  To coll an ash I saw,
  And he in trust received my love;
  Till with my soft green claw
  I cramped and bound him as I wove...
  Such was my love: ha-ha!

  By this I gained his strength and height
  Without his rivalry.
  But in my triumph I lost sight
  Of afterhaps. Soon he,
  Being bark-bound, flagged, snapped, fell outright,
  And in his fall felled me!

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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy, was a Scottish Minister, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and Professor of Eccesiastical History at Edinburgh University. more…

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