This Poignant Poem - Louisa's Tribute to Her Father

in #poetry4 years ago (edited)
This poignant poem was composed by Alcott's father, Amos Bronson Alcott, who was extraordinarily close to Louisa. He wrote it for her after she served as a nurse during the American Civil War. It was featured in Louisa May Alcott: Her Life, Letters, and Journals (1889).


Alcott's illustration of her work during the Civil War, "Hospital Sketches"

Poem: To Louisa May Alcott. By Her Father
by Louisa May Alcott


When I remember with what buoyant heart,
Midst war's alarms and woes of civil strife,
In youthful eagerness thou didst depart,
At peril of thy safety, peace, and life,
To nurse the wounded soldier, swathe the dead,–
How pierced soon by fever's poisoned dart,
And brought unconscious home, with wildered head,
Thou ever since 'mid languor and dull pain,
To conquer fortune, cherish kindred dear,
Hast with grave studies vexed a sprightly brain,
In myriad households kindled love and cheer,
Ne'er from thyself by Fame's loud trump beguiled,
Sounding in this and the farther hemisphere,–
I press thee to my heart as Duty's faithful child.


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I love Louisa May Alcott, thanks for sharing!

You are welcome my friend