Conrad Potter Aiken

(5 August 1889 – 17 August 1973 / Savannah, Georgia)

Bread And Music - Poem by Conrad Potter Aiken

Music I heard with you was more than music,
And bread I broke with you was more than bread;
Now that I am without you, all is desolate;
All that was once so beautiful is dead.

Your hands once touched this table and this silver,
And I have seen your fingers hold this glass.
These things do not remember you, belovèd,
And yet your touch upon them will not pass.

For it was in my heart you moved among them,
And blessed them with your hands and with your eyes;
And in my heart they will remember always,—
They knew you once, O beautiful and wise.

Form: Sonnet


Comments about Bread And Music by Conrad Potter Aiken

  • Gene S (3/1/2018 9:05:00 PM)

    As an actual poem it doesn't overly impress in my opinioni, but the sentiment is crushing (Report) Reply

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  • (12/27/2017 8:06:00 PM)

    This poem speaks to me and of how I felt and still feel about my life after my husband, my best friend, died. It helps to identify how empty you feel and yet how close the sensation of the others presence and how strong the memory of the presence is and that others recognize this emptiness as well. (Report) Reply

  • (9/12/2016 8:05:00 AM)

    THIS IS NOT A SONNET! ! ! ! This is not an English, Italian, NOR even a Curtal sonnet! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (4/11/2015 11:01:00 PM)

    for anyone interested in the completed poem, if not please ignore
    Daily Mourning Deceased Life Long Lover

    a beautiful poignant poem immortalizes
    beauty sadness locked within memory encased objects
    beloved gone yet remembered in love touched objects
    once held in the hand of she who is loved beyond life;
    in precious memories bound in twinkling music of her soul
    bread of her past broken life leaving her lover desolate dead
    yet her fingers once touched a glass still holds his heart
    he was daily blessed by her hands and eyes his heart;

    is entombed
    in her still
    captivating beautiful;
    and wise in the blessing
    of two delicately legendary
    interwoven lives;


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Original version of the split images 'Loves Lost Delicate Wine Stem Glasses' and 'Death Torn Apart Two Interwoven Lives' by Terence George Craddock.
    Inspired by the poem 'Bread and Music' by Conrad Potter Aiken.
    Dedicated to the poet Conrad Potter Aiken.
    (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (4/11/2015 3:53:00 PM)

    This poem is beautiful. I've never read any of his poems before,
    but I will definitely have to read more.
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  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (4/11/2015 11:21:00 AM)

    Beautiful! And this is poetry consummate:
    For it was in my heart you moved among them,
    And blessed them with your hands and with your eyes;
    (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (4/11/2015 3:21:00 AM)

    a beautiful poignant poem, beauty and sadness locked within memory encased objects, the beloved gone yet remembered in love touched objects, once held in the hand of she who is loved beyond life, in precious memories bound in the twinkling music of her soul, the bread of her past broken life leaving her lover desolate dead, yet her fingers once touched a glass still holds his heart, he was daily blessed by her hands and eyes and his heart is entombed in her, still captivating beautiful and wise in the blessing of two delicately interwoven lives (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 16, 2014



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