“On Hearing of a Life of brilliant promise ruined by Sunstroke” by Alexander Robertson

by theliterarymaiden

On Hearing of a Life of brilliant promise ruined by Sunstroke
Alexander Robertson
From Last Poems of Alexander Robertson, 1918

One moment of forgetting,
One fierce stroke of the sun:
And purposeless regretting
A life undone!

In vain the long preparing,
The labours of the night,
The spirit apt and daring
In search of light.

Had but the stroke brought ending
That did but wholly mar
Beyond all hope of mending,
How better far,

Than living without knowing
With a glance of soulless eyes,
As something only showing
Earth’s tragedies!