AN ElEGY II
We joked， long ago， about one of us dying，
But suddenly， before my eyes， you are gone.
Almost all your clothes have been given away；
Your needlework is sealed， I dare not look at it……
I continue your bounty to our men and our maids ——
Sometimes， in a dream， I bring you gifts.
……This is a sorrow that all mankind must know ——
But not as those know it who have been poor together.