From our Classic Archives, originally published January/February 2004

The Passion and the Pain,
The Rainbow and the Rain,
The Sweet and then the Bitter,
The Glow and then the Glitter.

The Moments then the Years,
The Smiles and then the Tears,
To Dream and then Awaken,
To Hope and be Forsaken.

The Patience then the Flight,
From Sunshine into Night,
The Flowers and the Birds,
Then Anguish without Words…

Alas! This must be… LOVE!

—Elsan H. Stafford*, Oregon

Elsan Stafford passed on in January of 2007.

World War II veteran, father of four, 89 years old at the time of this poem's 
publication Elsan was a freelance writer and novelist for over sixty years, 
Elsan H. Safford has had a number of poems, short stories and journalistic 
pieces published in both regional and national publications during his long 
literary career.

His favorite authors who inspired him the most were Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas Wolfe, 
Victor Hugo and George Byron, to name a few.


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