Poetry Forum Areas

Introduce Yourself

New to PoetrySoup? Introduce yourself here. Tell us something about yourself.

Looking for a Poem

Can't find a poem you've read before? Looking for a poem for a special person or an occasion? Ask other member for help.

Writing Poetry

Ways to improve your poetry. Post your techniques, tips, and creative ideas how to write better.

High Critique

For poets who want unrestricted constructive criticism. This is NOT a vanity workshop. If you do not want your poem seriously critiqued, do not post here. Constructive criticism only. PLEASE Only Post One Poem a Day!!!

How do I...?

Ask PoetrySoup Members how to do something or find something on PoetrySoup.


Beyond

by
 It seemeth such a little way to me
Across to that strange country – the Beyond;
And yet, not strange, for it has grown to be
The home of those whom I am so fond,
They make it seem familiar and most dear,
As journeying friends bring distant regions near.
So close it lies, that when my sight is clear I think I almost see the gleaming strand.
I know I feel those who have gone from here Come near enough sometimes, to touch my hand.
I often think, but for our veiled eyes, We should find heaven right round about us lies.
I cannot make it seem a day to dread, When from this dear earth I shall journey out To that still dear country of the dead, And join the lost ones, so long dreamed about.
I love this world, yet shall I love to go And meet the friends who wait for me, I know.
I never stand above a bier and see The seal of death set on some well-loved face But that I think ‘One more to welcome me, When I shall cross the intervening space Between this land and that one “over there”; One more to make the strange Beyond seem fair.
’ And so for me there is no sting to death, And so the grave has lost its victory.
It is but crossing – with a bated breath, And white, set face – a little strip of sea, To find the loved ones waiting on the shore, More beautiful, more precious than before.

Poem by
Biography | Poems | Best Poems | Short Poems | Quotes | Email Poem - BeyondEmail Poem | Create an image from this poem

Poems are below...


Top Ella Wheeler Wilcox Poems

Analysis and Comments on Beyond

Provide your analysis, explanation, meaning, interpretation, and comments on the poem Beyond here.