Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

A Misty Day - Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Heart of my heart, the day is chill,
The mist hangs low o'er the wooded hill,
The soft white mist and the heavy cloud
The sun and the face of heaven shroud.
The birds are thick in the dripping trees,
That drop their pearls to the beggar breeze;
No songs are rife where songs are wont,
Each singer crouches in his haunt.

Heart of my heart, the day is chill,
Whene'er thy loving voice is still,
The cloud and mist hide the sky from me,
Whene'er thy face I cannot see.
My thoughts fly back from the chill without,
My mind in the storm drops doubt on doubt,
No songs arise. Without thee, love,
My soul sinks down like a frightened dove.


Comments about A Misty Day by Paul Laurence Dunbar

  • Bharati Nayak (4/25/2017 11:48:00 PM)


    A rhythmic poetry of love that sings, sings and sings in the heart.- - - - - (Report) Reply

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  • Oilibheir Álain Christie (4/25/2017 7:35:00 PM)


    I like the minimalism of this writing. Short sentences that go straight to the essential without diluting into lengthy sentences. And the vocabulary is accessible to any person without any higher learning; that's the universality in poetry.
    But especially the rhythm turns me on. I can imagine these words with a jazz drums accompaniment. It swings, it really swings!
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (4/25/2017 3:27:00 PM)


    Wooded hill..... thanks for posting.... (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (4/25/2017 10:43:00 AM)


    Outpouring of love is so thick here.
    No songs arise. Without thee, love,
    My soul sinks down like a frightened dove.
    is very beautiful
    Congrats
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  • Pranab K Chakraborty (4/25/2017 6:25:00 AM)


    Heart of my heart, the day is chill,
    Whene'er thy loving voice is still,
    The cloud and mist hide the sky from me...... little bit optimistic yet the clear punctuation of the voice out of a heart of a poet tuned nicely. Thanks.,
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/25/2017 2:04:00 AM)


    The day is chill! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (4/25/2017 1:09:00 AM)


    Great piece of poetry indeed. The expression is seamless and reflects the sentiments of a loving heart missing the company of his beloved. Thanks.
    The cloud and mist hide the sky from me,
    Whene'er thy face I cannot see.
    My mind in the storm drops doubt on doubt,
    (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (4/25/2017 1:08:00 AM)


    Well expressed emotion.... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 2, 2010



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