Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A QUESTION, by JOHANNA AMBROSIUS



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First Line: Can't the child yet walk alone?'
Last Line: "smiling, not repining!"
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


"CAN'T the child yet walk alone?"
I hear where people gather,
"Is it always falling prone,
Can't it say 'Dear father'?"
See the happy mother smile,
In her child's eyes reading
That within but a brief while
Its steps will need no leading.

Thus have I questioned my heart:
"Canst thou not yet gather
Strength to bear thy sorrow's smart?
Canst thou not say, 'Father'?
Upward gaze with look elate
Where the stars are shining,
And thou 'lt bear thy bitter fate
Smiling, not repining!"





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