"My Spirit Will Not Haunt the Mound"
My spirit will not haunt the mound
Above my breast,
But travel, memory-possessed,
To where my tremulous being found
Life largest, best.
My phantom-footed shape will go
When nightfall grays
Hither and thither along the ways
I and another used to know
In backward days.
And there you’ll find me, if a jot
You still should care
For me, and for my curious air;
If otherwise, then I shall not,
For you, be there.
This poem is in the public domain.
About this Poem
This poem was published in Selected Poems of Thomas Hardy (Macmillan, 1916).
Thomas Hardy, whose books include Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure, was one of the most influentual novelists and poets of England's Victorian era. He died on January 11, 1928.
Date Published: 2018-09-26
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/my-spirit-will-not-haunt-mound