Vera Brittain - Roundel

(“Died of Wounds”)

Because you died, I shall not rest again,
    But wander ever through the lone world wide,
Seeking the shadow of a dream grown vain
            Because you died.

I shall spend brief and idle hours beside
    The many lesser loves that still remain,
But find in none my triumph and my pride;

And Disillusion's slow corroding stain
    Will creep upon each quest but newly tried,
For every striving now shall nothing gain
            Because you died.


Source: Poetry Foundation