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The Loss Of Love - Poem by Countee Cullen

All through an empty place I go,
And find her not in any room;
The candles and the lamps I light
Go down before a wind of gloom.
Thick-spraddled lies the dust about,
A fit, sad place to write her name
Or draw her face the way she looked
That legendary night she came.

The old house crumbles bit by bit;
Each day I hear the ominous thud
That says another rent is there
For winds to pierce and storms to flood.

My orchards groan and sag with fruit;
Where, Indian-wise, the bees go round;
I let it rot upon the bough;
I eat what falls upon the ground.

The heavy cows go laboring
In agony with clotted teats;
My hands are slack; my blood is cold;
I marvel that my heart still beats.

I have no will to weep or sing,
No least desire to pray or curse;
The loss of love is a terrible thing;
They lie who say that death is worse.

Comments about The Loss Of Love by Countee Cullen

  • OOGA BOOGA 5/8/2020 2:02:00 PM

    this was. not just but donkey . you know what i mean Reply

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  • Cynthia Deon 10/19/2019 12:54:00 AM

    A heartfelt write. Brave enough to display the vulnerability when losing a love. Very very beautiful. Reply

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  • Luis Estable 8/1/2019 10:14:00 PM

    The title is quite suitable for what this good poem tells.
    The house, the orchards, the cows feel it, too. Good poetic lines are seen in this.
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion 8/1/2019 9:40:00 PM

    A well expressed poem by Countee Cullen.... Reply

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  • Michael Walker 8/1/2019 8:30:00 PM

    'The loss of love is a terrible thing'. He must have been deeply in love with her. Reply

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  • Ruta Mohapatra 8/1/2019 12:06:00 PM

    So tragic and touching! Thanks for sharing! Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul 8/1/2019 11:27:00 AM

    I found this poem has been selected as modern poem of the poem of the day for second time. Really it is a brilliant poem. Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair(DPN) 8/1/2019 8:47:00 AM

    The loss of love is a terrible thing. They lie who saydeath is worse. A touching poem, Thanks PH for featuring Reply

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  • Dr Tony Brahmin 8/1/2019 1:23:00 AM

    I have no will to weep or sing,
    No least desire to pray or curse;
    The loss of love is a terrible thing;
    They lie who say that death is worse. a very fine poem. tony
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  • Adeeb Alfateh 8/1/2019 1:11:00 AM

    My orchards groan and sag with fruit;
    Where, Indian-wise, the bees go round;
    I let it rot upon the bough;
    I eat what falls upon the ground.

    beautiful poem
    great 10+++++
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Loss Poems
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  2. 2. A Loss Of Something Ever Felt I
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  3. 3. Loss And Gain
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  4. 4. Loss Of Memory
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  5. 5. Mother's Loss
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  6. 6. What Is Loss?
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  7. 7. Loss And Gain
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  8. 8. Loss, Lost, Lust
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  9. 9. Lines On The Loss Of The "Titanic"
    Thomas Hardy
  10. 10. The Loss Of The Eurydice
    Gerard Manley Hopkins
  11. 11. First Loss
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  12. 12. Loss
    P A NOUSHAD
  13. 13. The Lover Mourns For The Loss Of Love
    William Butler Yeats
  14. 14. Upon The Loss Of His Mistresses
    Robert Herrick
  15. 15. In The Harbour: Loss And Gain
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  16. 16. Error And Loss
    William Morris
  17. 17. Loss
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  18. 18. A Mother's Loss.
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  19. 19. My Loss
    Augusta Davies Webster
  20. 20. His Loss
    Robert Herrick
  21. 21. Loss Of Innocence
    Casey Stewart
  22. 22. Light Loss
    John Le Gay Brereton
  23. 23. ! ! Love And Loss And Love Again - A Poe..
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  24. 24. The Loss Of The Victoria
    William Topaz McGonagall
  25. 25. Loss From The Least
    Robert Herrick
  26. 26. A Mother's Loss.
    Robert Crawford
  27. 27. . Rebound Loss
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  28. 28. The Loss Of Female Character
    George Moses Horton
  29. 29. An Elegy Upon The Immature Loss Of The M..
    Henry King
  30. 30. Loss
    Connie Webb
  31. 31. Loss Of Time
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  32. 32. Profit And Loss
    Ada Cambridge
  33. 33. A Loss
    Edward James
  34. 34. (loss) The Grave Of My Child
    K. Jared Hosein
  35. 35. Loss.
    Robert Crawford
  36. 36. No Loss No Gain
    Rajaram Ramachandran
  37. 37. A Non-Violent Loss Of Recall
    O Sudhir Janardhanan
  38. 38. The Gain Of Loss
    DARREL KINCAID
  39. 39. Answer To Loss.
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  40. 40. Bigbigthe Loss Of Lovebigbig
    Alia Ford
  41. 41. Loss Of A Friend
    Nerissa Morton
  42. 42. Poem For The Loss Of A Friend
    Aislinn Armstrong
  43. 43. Removed From Accident Of Loss
    Emily Dickinson
  44. 44. 'How Do You Cope With The Loss Of A Child'
    David Bennett
  45. 45. A Woman’s Loss
    Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  46. 46. Loss Of Life.........
    Ravi Sathasivam
  47. 47. My Loss Of Humour
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  48. 48. Loss Of A Mother
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  49. 49. Elegy For Loss Of Love (A Poem In Five P..
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  50. 50. The Loss Of Wonder
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  1. Loss And Gain

    When I compare What I have lost with what I have gained, What I have missed with what attained, Little room do I find for pride. I am aware How many days have been idly spent; How like an arrow the good intent Has fallen short or been turned aside. But who shall dare To measure loss and gain in this wise? Defeat may be victory in disguise; The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.

  2. A Loss Of Something Ever Felt I

    959 A loss of something ever felt I— The first that I could recollect Bereft I was—of what I knew not Too young that any should suspect A Mourner walked among the children I notwithstanding went about As one bemoaning a Dominion Itself the only Prince cast out— Elder, Today, a session wiser And fainter, too, as Wiseness is— I find myself still softly searching For my Delinguent Palaces— And a Suspicion, like a Finger Touches my Forehead now and then That I am looking oppositely For the site of the Kingdom of Heaven—

  3. Mother's Loss

    If I could clasp my little babe Upon my breast to-night, I would not mind the blowing wind That shrieketh in affright. Oh, my lost babe! my little babe, My babe with dreamful eyes; Thy bed is cold; and night wind bold Shrieks woeful lullabies. My breast is softer than the sod; This room, with lighter hearth, Is better place for thy sweet face Than frozen mother eatrth. Oh, my babe! oh, my lost babe! Oh, babe with waxen hands, I want thee so, I need thee so - Come from thy mystic lands! No love that, like a mother's fills Each corner of the heart; No loss like hers, that rends, and chills, And tears the soul apart. Oh, babe - my babe, my helpless babe! I miss thy little form. Would I might creep where thou dost sleep, And clasp thee through the storm. I hold thy pillow to my breast, To bring a vague relief; I sing the songs that soothed thy rest - Ah me! no cheating grief. My breathing babe! my sobbing babe! I miss thy plaintive moan, I cannot hear - thou art not near - My little one, my own. Thy father sleeps. He mourns thy loss, But little fathers know The pain that makes a mother toss Through sleepless nights of woe. My clinging babe! my nursing babe! What knows thy father - man - How my breasts miss thy lips' soft kiss - None but a mother can. Worn out, I sleep; I wake - I weep - I sleep - hush, hush, my dear; Sweet lamb, fear not - Oh, God! I thought - I thought my babe was here.

  4. Loss Of Memory

    I thank the loss of my memory Of those days when I had not a friend I am thankful to the memory Of those great moments when we are together I thank the loss of my memory Of those seconds prior to your reasonableness I am thankful to the memory Of the great dimple when you smile I thank the loss of my memory Prior to the reduction of your anger I am thankful to the memory Of those great sharing moments of your success I thank the loss of my memory For the reasons of our arguments I am thankful to the greatest Moments of my life with you.