by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830 - 1894)

Hollow‑sounding and mysterious
Language: English 
There's no replying
To the Wind's sighing,
Telling, foretelling,
Dying, undying,
Dwindling and swelling,
Complaining, droning,
Whistling and moaning,
Ever beginning,
Ending, repeating,
Hinting and dinning,
Lagging and fleeting --
We've no replying
Living or dying
To the Wind's sighing.

What are you telling,
Variable Wind-tone?
What would be teaching,
O sinking, swelling,
Desolate Wind-moan?
Ever for ever
Teaching and preaching,
Never, ah never
Making us wiser --
The earliest riser
Catches no meaning,
The last who hearkens
Garners no gleaning
Of wisdom's treasure,
While the world darkens: --
Living or dying,
In pain, in pleasure,
We've no replying
To wordless flying
Wind's sighing.

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This text was added to the website: 2012-02-19
Line count: 34
Word count: 101