Poem: “Grief” and Robert Lewis Reid’s “Her First Born”

“Her First Born” by Robert Lewis Reid (oil, 1888)

Robert Lewis Reid was an American Impressionist painter and muralist who studied in Paris. Many of his works took as their theme women placed in various floral settings often using pastel colors. I chose the one pictured left, despite its extremely depressing theme, because it  seemed to fit the poem so well.  One of my personal Reid favorites is his ‘The Mirror’ which can be viewed here.

And all this too shall come to pass,
For merciful Time shall blunt the keen edge
Of grief’s deep, lacerating wound,
As it slowly, imperceptibly begins its healing
To form a tender scar just beneath the bosom,
Until all memories grow dull and distant,
Then fade away as tenacious Memory too
Grows feeble and loosens its stubborn hold.

(“Grief” © Poeticmeditations, 2012. All rights reserved.)


About poeticmeditations

A 19th-century romantic poet living in the 21st-century. The Romantic poets, nib pens, candlelight, waistcoats, and pocket watches are a few of my favorite things.
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