Echo By Daryl Hine

Echo that loved hid within a wood   
Would to herself rehearse her weary woe:   
O, she cried, and all the rest unsaid   
Identical came back in sorry echo.

Echo for the fix that she was in
Invisible, distraught by mocking passion,   
Passionate, ignored, as good as dumb,   
Employed that O unchanged in repetition.

Shun love if you suspect that he shuns you,   
Use with him no reproaches whatsoever.   
Ever you knew, supposing him to know
No melody from which you might recover-

Cover your ears, dear Echo, do not hear.   
Here is no supplication but your own,   
Only your sighs return upon the air
Ere their music from the mouth be gone.

Daryl Hine, “Echo” from Wooden Horses (New York: Atheneum Publishers, 1965). Copyright © 1965 by Daryl Hine. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

Source: The Wooden Horse: Poems (1965)

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