Just tae be clear,
it had naucht tae do with the heavens,
howe’er prominent a role they play
in our poetic expressions o’ lo’e.
The stars shone just as brightly
as e’er they had in the history
o’ this most sullen earth.
The rain nourished the world
quite as sweetly as any adoring
mither had e’er nursed bairn.
The sun engendered life an’ warmth
an’ wandered just as surely
across the tempered sky.
Nae, wha’ changed was mair a matter
o’ that most generous heart,
which had suffered too much.
That is no tae say that it nae langer
possessed the capacity fer lo’e,
which is far frae the truth.
Rather that wha’ remained within
o’ her heart nae longer felt anything