Robert Desnos

(1900 - 1945 / Paris)

Long Long Ago

Poem by Robert Desnos

Long long ago I went through the castle of leaves
Yellowing slowly in the moss
And far away barnacles clung desperately to rocks in the sea
Your memory better still your tender presence was there too
Transparent and mine
Nothing had changed but everything had aged at the same rate as my temples and
my eyes
Don't you just love that platitude? Let me go it's so rare for me this ironic
satisfaction
Everything had aged except your presence
Long long ago I went through the surf on a lonely day
The waves were unreal even then
The hulk of the shipwreck you knew about - remember that night of storms and
kisses? - was it a ship or a delicate woman's hat rolled by the wind in the spring
rain? - was there too
After that its happiness and dancing in the hawthornes!
The aperitifs had changed the names and colors
Of the rainbows framing the mirrors.

Long long ago you loved me.


Comments about Long Long Ago by Robert Desnos

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/10/2019 9:14:00 AM)

    " Everything had aged at the same rate"
    Beautiful conceptualization, well worth modern poem of the Day.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (6/10/2019 8:16:00 AM)

    It is a very nice poem indeed. One of the best i have gone through recent time. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (6/10/2019 7:50:00 AM)

    Long long ago I went through the surf on a lonely day
    The waves were unreal even then.....intensive expression. Beautiful poem. Congratulations for being selected this poem as modern poem of the POD.(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (6/10/2019 5:35:00 AM)

    the memory
    Long long ago you loved me/// great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (6/10/2019 4:45:00 AM)

    Long long ago
    the body danced for your coming

    long long ago
    the heart loved you

    and now; still waiting......./// beautiful poem(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (6/10/2019 1:49:00 AM)

    The castle of leaves! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (6/10/2019 1:33:00 AM)

    Long long ago I went through the castle of leaves
    Yellowing slowly in the moss
    And far away barnacles clung desperately to rocks in the sea.. like a short story you being your poem. lovely. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (6/10/2019 1:06:00 AM)

    One of the best poems by Robert Desnos................................(Report)Reply

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  • Mirela AthanasMirela Athanas (6/10/2019 12:34:00 AM)

    What an absolutely beautiful poem, always loved Desnos. This is what poetry should be, in absolute. I wonder why this precious poem received low ratings. It is one of those rare poems that you really move with the poet and feel his feelings. " Everything has aged except your presence" This is a brilliant, supreme, immortal line.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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