The House Is Empty

THE HOUSE IS EMPTY.
THE CHILDREN ARE GONE.
THEIR PEALING LAUGHTER
MADE THEIR WORLD SEEM RIGHT,
AND THE DULL DAY BRIGHT.

EMPTY OF EYES
OF EAGERNESS,
EMPTY OF THE
SUNNY FEET,
THE SKIPPING ROPE
BROUGHT DOWN.

EMPTY.

THE CHILDREN.
THE CHILDREN
ARE GONE.

EMPTY.