Remember by Christina Rossetti

Sometimes poems have the power to move you to a place beyond words, where they evoke such a strong reaction that you can barely think of how you might describe how you are feeling.  This poem does that to me; the poignancy of loss and grief mingled with forgiveness…the forgiving of the living for forgetting the dead…That it’s all right to forget that someone has passed on sometimes, as long as when you do remember them, those thoughts make you happy, not sad or guilty.  A beautiful poem.


Christina Rossetti

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann’d:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

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5 Responses to Remember by Christina Rossetti

  1. sagedoyle says:

    Damn this made me sad. Beautiful poem, thanks for posting it.

    • sammiwitch says:

      I’m sorry 😦 lol Sometimes I can’t even look at this poem, let alone read it. I have to see whether my emotions will cope first otherwise I’ll be in tears, feeling distraught and sad all day. It’s amazing how powerful a few words can be, as you know from your own scribing 🙂 Brightest Blessings

  2. Kadeeae says:

    Lovely & comforting words, beautiful 🙂

    Found you just now via Wandering Soul, and see that you are part of The Moonstone, which I downloaded my first issue of yesterday!

    • sammiwitch says:

      Hi, thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment. I do find that ‘Remember’ is a very moving poem. Thanks for visiting my blog, and I would love to hear what you think of The Moonstone. I hope you enjoyed it! Brightest Blessings ~*~)O(~*~

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