Louise Labe

(1524 - 1566 / France)

Long-Felt Desires - Poem by Louise Labe

Long-felt desires, hopes as long as vain--
sad sighs--slow tears accustomed to run sad
into as many rivers as two eyes could add,
pouring like fountains, endless as the rain--
cruelty beyond humanity, a pain
so hard it makes compassionate stars go mad
with pity: these are the first passions I've had.
Do you think love could root in my soul again?
If it arched the great bow back again at me,
licked me again with fire, and stabbed me deep
with the violent worst, as awful as before,
the wounds that cut me everwhere would keep
me shielded, so there would be no place free
for love. It covers me. It can pierce no more.

Comments about Long-Felt Desires by Louise Labe

  • Kinyua Karanja (8/21/2015 11:54:00 PM)

    Once the yearning for true love strike our hearts it distort everything in our life, we end up even where we have been betrayed once. (Report) Reply

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  • (8/21/2015 9:11:00 PM)

    .......a lovely poem with a touch of poignancy ★ (Report) Reply

  • (8/21/2015 3:11:00 PM)

    This is a well written short poem. It's clear and plain English, nothing abstract. I'm certain many of us can identify with Long-Felt Desires. Sometimes it's hard to love again and allow love 'in again', but love is the needful thing, so we must find a way to reopen our heart's door and let it in again. Curtis. (Report) Reply

    (8/21/2015 3:27:00 PM)

    I like my poetry clear & in plain English too, but I wonder what the French original was like: -)
    The taste for incomprehensible poetry is quite modern, and this lady wrote in the 16th century.

  • Savita Tyagi (8/21/2015 10:54:00 AM)

    Beautifully expressed thoughts. Failed desires and longings make us fearful and discourage us from seeking and attempting again. Writer describes that feeling and conflict so effectively it touches the heart. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/21/2015 8:57:00 AM)

    Desires are part of life; so, let love arise! To touch the hearts of truthful souls. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Alpeshkumar Natubhai Makvana (8/21/2015 5:16:00 AM)

    A feeling of matured loss pervades the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (8/21/2015 2:32:00 AM)

    Long felt desires and unfulfilled life surely sustains pain unbearable in life! Such a theme provokes thoughts on pain we have suffered in life! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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