What is the opposite of two? A lonely me, a lonely you.
No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.
Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle
Everything I do is stitched with its color.
~W.S. Merwin, "Separation"
Thou art gone from my gaze like a beautiful dream.
And I seek thee in vain by the meadow and stream.
Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age.
Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven.
When I go away from you
The world beats dead
Like a slackened drum....
~Amy Lowell, "The Taxi"
Life is so short, so fast the lone hours fly,
We ought to be together, you and I.
~Henry Alford, "You and I" (Thanks, Jenn)
As contraries are known by contraries, so is the delight of presence best known by the torments of absence.
Oft in the tranquil hour of night,
When stars illume the sky,
I gaze upon each orb of light,
And wish that thou wert by.
Days of absence, sad and dreary,
Clothed in sorrow's dark array, -
Days of absence, I am weary;
She I love is far away.