Change

By Nora May French

Beloved, have I turned indeed so cold?
            My eyes are faithful, grieving with your grief;
And if the year itself could grow not old,
  Could stand at waking sap and budding leaf,

An April heart might keep its first unrest,
  An April love the petals of its spring.
When all the birds are silent in my breast,
  How can I answer when you bid me sing?

The autumn hills are brown: you will not see.
  The saddened woodland speaks, and finds you strange.
Ah, dear one, all my world is kin to me,
  And with the swerving days I change, I change.