Infinity , eternity —
Words on the wind that wails through space and time ,
Chilling the heart upon his little jaunt
Cradle to tomb .
Wrap warm , small heart , jog along pettily ,
At every inn dismount to ask your road ,
Laze there an hour , wrap warm and onward ride :
Too brief an hour , too cramped a living-room
For you to meet and mirror in one rhyme
The lonely shapes , the essences that haunt
Eternity , infinity .
Eternity , infinity ,
Whisper compassion when a mortal mind
Bereaved along the way shrinks time and space
To one green mound :
“Fond man , if love was life , life ecstasy ,
Mourn not the loved and lost : all is secure —
Not to be dead is death , but not to care .
Snatch joy from living till the lost be found
Who shall be found indeed , whom you shall find
Safe in the love of him whose arms embrace
Infinity , eternity . ”
29 January 1954