Valerie Dohren

Veteran Poet - 2,763 Points (13 January 1947 / Southport)

Ode To A Lost Love


'Oh sweet breath of eternal life
Dance ever `pon her silent breast
Released from pain and worldly strife
The one I love is laid to rest'

Her flaxen hair, like golden corn,
Fell soft about her lifeless face
And round her shoulders to adorn
As limp she lay in death`s embrace

Still young, the bloom of youth today,
Her life had barely yet begun
But all too soon to fade away
No more to dance beneath the sun

No more to laugh in sweet delight
Nor skip through pastures wild and free
Nor hear the nightingales sing bright
In pure and perfect harmony

'I`ll ne`er forget her tender smile
Nor yet her face so sweet and fair
Her gentle kisses to beguile
I`ll cherish every thought of her'

The teardrops glistened on his cheeks
Like stars plucked from the darkened skies
He held her hand, no more to speak,
Then gently kissed her still, cold eyes

Submitted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Edited: Saturday, February 25, 2012

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  • Freshman - 1,642 Points John Richter (1/7/2015 7:18:00 AM)

    At long last, my kindred spirit found.....
    for such words as these, poetry dance!
    With mine heart whisked away,
    as my tongue quakes to say:
    such saddened feel, this lost romance!

    Intensely beautiful. So glad to have found you Valerie. For so long I have felt alone in the world of classical poetry. I must agree with Achill below - this is certainly a masterpiece..... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,584 Points Patricia Grantham (12/18/2014 7:51:00 AM)

    A very touching and tender poem. Death can take its toll
    on loved ones left behind. Yet there are still memories
    to cherish. Loved this. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,584 Points Patricia Grantham (12/18/2014 7:50:00 AM)

    A very touching and tender poem. Death can take its toll
    on loved ones left behind. Yet there are still memories
    to cherish. Loved this. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,352 Points Col Muhamad Khalid Khan (12/10/2014 7:55:00 AM)

    'I`ll ne`er forget her tender smile
    Nor yet her face so sweet and fair
    Her gentle kisses to beguile
    I`ll cherish every thought of her'
    A very beautiful poem on departure of a loved one and cherishing the memories.Well expressed Well done
    Col Muhammad Khalid Khan (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,352 Points Col Muhamad Khalid Khan (12/10/2014 7:55:00 AM)

    'I`ll ne`er forget her tender smile
    Nor yet her face so sweet and fair
    Her gentle kisses to beguile
    I`ll cherish every thought of her'
    A very beautiful poem on departure of a loved one and cherishing the memories.Well expressed Well done
    Col Muhammad Khalid Khan (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,352 Points Col Muhamad Khalid Khan (12/10/2014 7:55:00 AM)

    'I`ll ne`er forget her tender smile
    Nor yet her face so sweet and fair
    Her gentle kisses to beguile
    I`ll cherish every thought of her'
    A very beautiful poem on departure of a loved one and cherishing the memories.Well expressed Well done
    Col Muhammad Khalid Khan (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,578 Points Achill Lad (9/28/2014 5:45:00 AM)

    This is a masterpiece. I had a tear in my eye reading this Valerie. My sister died when she was nineteen, we were very close. This poem brought the memories I have of her back, so vividly. Wish I could write this well. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,742 Points Abekah Emmanuel (8/24/2014 12:58:00 AM)

    Indeed all too soon we loose our loved ones. how sad life is sometimes! How soon our lives fade away like smoke ascends and vanishes into the heavens.....very sad but beautiful poem...once again.....well done! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,584 Points Patricia Grantham (7/16/2014 6:38:00 AM)

    A very stirring and moving write Valerie. I always love reading your works.
    They really touch the heart and soul. Trying to keep from crying! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 29 Points Colleen Courtney (6/25/2014 5:59:00 PM)

    Well Valerie, I had to vote this one a ten and add to my favorites list before making it to the comments box! This poem in my eyes is simply utter perfection. So beautifully written. And that last verse? Oh! Those first two lines in the last stanza are brilliant! And then you close it with that sad but brutal fact that this kiss is his last goodbye. The vivid descriptiveness through the who, e poem just evokes such a moving and soul stirring picture! Love this, love this, love this! Did I tell you that I love this? Lol. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 939 Points Tony Karas (3/2/2014 12:26:00 PM)

    An excellent write! Brought tears to my eyes. I would give it a 20 if allowed. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,151 Points Elena Sandu (2/24/2014 11:55:00 PM)

    Sigh. Valerie, you wrote so beautifully of a dreadful time that instead of running away have found me sitting at her bedside, tears united on my chins would slide down of my neck to stop with a splash on the feet. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,408 Points Savita Tyagi (2/24/2014 9:36:00 PM)

    A very tender and heart touching poem. Sad as it is to say goodbye this poem leaves a lasting impression upon heart. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Paul Fowler (2/24/2014 6:33:00 PM)

    Valerie this is a superb poem! Excellently written; very classic style and very touching (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,856 Points Geetha Jayakumar (2/24/2014 12:11:00 PM)

    An Excellent poem, touching indeed. Each lines are portrayed very well. Loved reading it. Thanks for sharing.
    Congratulations, for this poem is chosen as Member poem. (Report) Reply

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