“Aloof” (Rossetti)

Sunday afternoon: a good time for reading through favorite poets while the chapter for tonight’s Bible study patiently sits by. Here’s one by Christina Rossetti, for those friends who have known aloofness “bound with the flawless band / Of inner solitude.” I’ll refrain from further commentary on this weekend post, but I do invite you to enjoy the rest of the poem. 

The irresponsive silence of the land,
The irresponsive sounding of the sea,
Speak both one message of one sense to me: —
Aloof, aloof, we stand aloof, so stand
Thou too aloof bound with the flawless band
Of inner solitude; we bind not thee;
But who from thy self—chain shall set thee free?
What heart shall touch thy heart? what hand thy hand?—
And I am sometimes proud and sometimes meek,
And sometimes I remember days of old
When fellowship seemed not so far to seek
And all the world and I seemed much less cold,
And at the rainbow’s foot lay surely gold,
And hope felt strong and life itself not weak.

Read the remaining two sonnets from “Thread of Life” here.


This post is part of a 31 day series about Loving God as an Introvert

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