The Joys We Miss Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


There never comes a lonely day but that we miss the laughing waysA
Of those who used to walk with us through all our happy yesterdaysA
We seldom miss the earthly great the famous men that life has knownB
But as the years go racing by we miss the friends we used to ownB
The chair wherein he used to sit recalls the kindly father trueC
For Oh so filled with fun he was and Oh so very much he knewC
And as we face the problems grave with which the years of life are filledD
We miss the hand which guided us and miss the voice forever stilledD
We little guessed how much he did to smooth our pathway day by dayE
How much of joy he brought to us how much of care he brushed awayE
But now that we must tread alone the thorough fare of life we findF
How many burdens we were spared by him who was so brave and kindF
Death robs the living not the dead they sweetly sleep whose tasks are doneG
But we are weaker than before who still must live and labor onH
For when come care and grief to us and heavy burdens bring us woeI
We miss the smiling helpful friends on whom we leaned long years agoI
We miss the happy tender ways of those who brought us mirth and cheerJ
We never gather round the hearth but that we wish our friends were nearJ
For peace is born of simple things a kindly word a goodnight kissK
The prattle of a babe and love these are the vanished joys we missK

Edgar Albert Guest


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