by Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)

The Impulse
Language: English 
It was too lonely for her there,
    And too wild,
And since there were but two of them,
    And no child,

And work was little in the house,
    She was free,
And followed where he furrowed field,
    Or felled tree.

She rested on a log and tossed
    The fresh chips,
With a song only to herself
    On her lips.

And once she went to break a bough
    Of black alder.
She strayed so far she scarcely heard
    When he called her -

Or didn't answer - didn't speak -
    Or return.
She stood, and then she ran and hid
    In the fern.

He never found her, though he looked
And he asked at her mother's house
    Was she there.

Sudden and swift and light as that
    The ties gave,
And he learned of finalities
    Besides the grave.


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Word count: 138