This is such a sad poem by the Pulitzer Prize winner, Edna St Vincent Millay. It does evoke such a keen feeling of sorrow.
In not so many words, Edna was able to picture to us what it would be like to lose your other half or even someone you love or close to your heart.
It was so poignant the ways she said that time does not heal or let you forget. Probably a part of you dies with him.
She also said that you will remember him in all the places you were together, in every thing you did together. You will also think of all the things that he used to do including those things that used to vex you. You would then regret not being more tolerant! LOL
She also said that it was even sadder to do new things without him…There probably a feeling of guilt and regret that you can do things alone and you will remember him all over again!
This is really so sad. I don’t want to be ever without my Peter.
By the way, according to findings/surveys, widows fare better than widowers later on in life!
Time does not bring relief; you all have lied
Who told me time would ease me of my pain!
I miss him in the weeping of the rain;
I want him at the shrinking of the tide;
The old snows melt from every mountain-side,
And last year’s leaves are smoke in every lane;
But last year’s bitter loving must remain
Heaped on my heart, and my old thoughts abide!
There are a hundred places where I fear
To go,–so with his memory they brim!
And entering with relief some quiet place
Where never fell his foot or shone his face I say,
“There is no memory of him here!”
And so stand stricken, so remembering him!
– Edna St Vincent Millay
(February 22, 1892 – October 19, 1950) was an American lyrical poet and playwright