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Poem by Katherine Mansfield


The Gulf


A Gulf of silence separates us from each other.
I stand at one side of the gulf, you at the other.
I cannot see you or hear you, yet know that you are there.
Often I call you by your childish name
And pretend that the echo to my crying is your voice.
How can we bridge the gulf? Never by speech or touch.
Once I thought we might fill it quite up with tears.
Now I want to shatter it with our laughter.



Katherine Mansfield


Katherine Mansfield's other poems:
  1. Sanary
  2. A New Hymn
  3. Song of Karen, the Dancing Child
  4. The Lonesome Child
  5. Waves


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