Gwen Harwood

(8 June 1920 – 4 December 1995 / Taringa, Queensland)

Dichterliebe - Poem by Gwen Harwood

So hungry-sensitive that he
craves day and night the pap of praise,
he'll ease his gripes or fingerpaint
in heartsblood on a public page.
The ordinary world must be
altered to circumvent his rage.

He'll tell, with stylish Angst of course,
the inmost secrets of our bed.
Words are far worse than drugs; there is
no hope of surfeit or remorse.
The world lies wide, and warm. No kiss,
no child, no prayer will keep him here.

I'll wash the floors. He'll watch the stars.
I'll salt his life with common sense.
He'll suck my sap and vigour down
the crude mouth of his private hell.
Visions have no equivalents.
He'll die of drink and candy bars.


Comments about Dichterliebe by Gwen Harwood

  • Crayon Poet (8/16/2018 3:08:00 PM)


    Exotic, selfish dreamers do make poor partners for practical, considerate folks. (Report) Reply

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  • (2/23/2017 10:04:00 PM)


    what a beautiful and unique piece of work by a lovely
    lady
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  • (2/23/2017 10:03:00 PM)


    pre lt aye get it literatiture (Report) Reply

  • (7/15/2016 2:56:00 PM)


    A successful rendition which won sympathy for both object and narrator. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 20, 2012



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