Remember (Christina Georgina Rossetti)
Aside from The Song here’s another poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti that I personally love, Remember. Like the other one in which death was the subject, the author here talks about dying and the consequences that comes from it, how she copes up with the idea of leaving her love and how this will affect the bereaved loved one/s . The poem’s theme is filled with pathos and melancholy as depicted in her choice of using simple and easily understandable words to explain, as purely as one can perceive the mix of emotions that one may go through knowing the reality of facing death.
BY CHRISTINA ROSSETTI
Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann’d:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.