Richard Aldington

(8 July 1892 – 27 July 1962 / Portsmouth, Hampshire)

Goodbye! - Poem by Richard Aldington

Come, thrust your hands in the warm earth
And feel her strength through all your veins;
Breathe her full odors, taste her mouth,
Which laughs away imagined pains;
Touch her life's womb, yet know
This substance makes your grave also.

Shrink not; your flesh is no more sweet
Than flowers which daily blow and die;
Nor are your mein and dress so neat,
Nor half so pure your lucid eye;
And, yet, by flowers and earth I swear
You're neat and pure and sweet and fair.


Comments about Goodbye! by Richard Aldington

  • Susan Williams (7/25/2018 8:25:00 PM)


    A morbid truth- - alas, poor Yorick and farewell. Dang, this was not a day to give me one more depressing thought. (Report) Reply

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  • Practicing Poetess (7/25/2018 4:34:00 PM)


    A very interesting, and unusual, poem (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (7/25/2018 11:12:00 AM)


    A beauty indeed. Enjoyed it very much. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Chandan Dey (7/25/2018 4:48:00 AM)


    Touch her life's womb, yet know
    This substance makes your grave also....A wonderful poem that tells us the eternal relationship between life and nature.
    Chandan
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  • Dr.tony Brahmin (7/25/2018 4:42:00 AM)


    And, yet, by flowers and earth I swear
    You're neat and pure and sweet and fair... strange but subime........ love accepts....tony
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  • Adrian Flett (7/25/2018 4:18:00 AM)


    The soil 'This substance makes your grave also' A wonderful poem from one of the great war poets. (Report) Reply

  • Mahtab Bangalee (7/25/2018 1:05:00 AM)


    wow excellent word of GOODBYE-

    Touch her life's womb...
    This substance makes your grave

    spellbound over all
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  • Robert Murray Smith (7/25/2018 12:56:00 AM)


    Some sweetness is felt as we bury the dead. Not for their departure but the essence that has been life. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (7/25/2017 9:22:00 PM)


    Nice philosophical presentation on earth and life. Thanks. I quote:
    And feel her strength through all your veins;
    Breathe her full odors, taste her mouth,
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  • Pranab K Chakraborty (7/25/2017 11:31:00 AM)


    And, yet, by flowers and earth I swear
    You're neat and pure and sweet and fair.............................. Yes, love has its own way of accepting.

    Nice write.
    Pranab k chakraborty
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/25/2017 11:17:00 AM)


    Sweet and fair! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (7/25/2017 8:25:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem having euphonious write. Congratultion to his soul for the pem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (7/25/2017 12:25:00 AM)


    Such an interesting poem posted here.... (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (7/6/2016 1:49:00 PM)


    A nice way to say that and the poem is written with divine touch.
    And, yet, by flowers and earth I swear
    You're neat and pure and sweet and fair.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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