Are you loving enough? There is some one dear,
Some one you hold as the dearest of all
In the holiest shrine of your heart.
Are you making it known? Is the truth of it clear
To the one you love? If death’s quick call
Should suddenly tear you apart,
Leaving no time for a long farewell,
Would you feel you had nothing to tell—
Nothing you wished you had said before
The closing of that dark door?

Are you loving enough? The swift years fly—
Oh, faster and faster they hurry away,
And each one carries its dead.
The good deed left for the by and by,
The word to be uttered another day,
May never be done or said.
Let the love word sound in the listening ear,
Nor wait to speak it above a bier.
Oh the time for telling your love is brief,
But long, long, long is the time for grief.
Are you loving enough?

Analysis, meaning and summary of Ella Wheeler Wilcox's poem Are you Loving Enough?

1 Comment

  1. ilene novick says:

    there’s no one who has ever lost a loved one who doesn’t regret the times that will never return, for the chance to say “i love you”…. it may be that all humans are genetically programmed to feel guilty about so many things….it may also be that we protect ourselves from being hurt because love can make us so vulnerabe….so upon the death of a loved one we feel regret over what we never expressed but given another chance i’m pretty sure nothing would change….

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