Valerie Dohren

(13 January 1947 / Southport)

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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Soulful Heart (2/24/2014 12:11:00 PM)

    Congrats.....a well deserved one.....so touching that the strings of heart quiver for the lost loveed one dead or alive....a true ode indeed (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (2/24/2014 9:55:00 AM)

    So poignant, so close to heart, so deep sense of losing ... only with pool of tears I can I can embrace.
    ..................................................................... n -o w -o -r -d -s....... Valerie
    Congrats for the selection as Member poem (Report) Reply

  • Tej Singh (2/24/2014 6:35:00 AM)

    a nice poem. this is a amzing poem. I appreciates you.
    i am also having a ste. t is also for studies. in this site there are poems stories articles etc.
    http: //thearyan.com/ (Report) Reply

  • Liliana ~el (2/24/2014 1:50:00 AM)

    Reminds me of The Picture of Dorian Gray, which I am reading, by Oscar Wilde
    So much about beauty, eternity, and loss (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (2/24/2014 12:45:00 AM)

    A beautiful heartfelt write. And well deserved poem of day which I read one year to this day. Thanks you (Report) Reply

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