Countee Cullen

(30 May 1903 – 9 January 1946 / New York)

The Loss Of Love

Poem by Countee Cullen

All through an empty place I go,
And find her not in any room;
The candles and the lamps I light
Go down before a wind of gloom.
Thick-spraddled lies the dust about,
A fit, sad place to write her name
Or draw her face the way she looked
That legendary night she came.

The old house crumbles bit by bit;
Each day I hear the ominous thud
That says another rent is there
For winds to pierce and storms to flood.

My orchards groan and sag with fruit;
Where, Indian-wise, the bees go round;
I let it rot upon the bough;
I eat what falls upon the ground.

The heavy cows go laboring
In agony with clotted teats;
My hands are slack; my blood is cold;
I marvel that my heart still beats.

I have no will to weep or sing,
No least desire to pray or curse;
The loss of love is a terrible thing;
They lie who say that death is worse.


Comments about The Loss Of Love by Countee Cullen

  • OOGA BOOGA (5/8/2020 2:02:00 PM)

    this was. not just but donkey . you know what i mean(Report)Reply

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  • Cynthia Deon (10/19/2019 12:54:00 AM)

    A heartfelt write. Brave enough to display the vulnerability when losing a love. Very very beautiful.(Report)Reply

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  • Luis Estable (8/1/2019 10:14:00 PM)

    The title is quite suitable for what this good poem tells.
    The house, the orchards, the cows feel it, too. Good poetic lines are seen in this.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (8/1/2019 9:40:00 PM)

    A well expressed poem by Countee Cullen....(Report)Reply

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (8/1/2019 8:30:00 PM)

    'The loss of love is a terrible thing'. He must have been deeply in love with her.(Report)Reply

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (8/1/2019 12:06:00 PM)

    So tragic and touching! Thanks for sharing!(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (8/1/2019 11:27:00 AM)

    I found this poem has been selected as modern poem of the poem of the day for second time. Really it is a brilliant poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair(DPN) (8/1/2019 8:47:00 AM)

    The loss of love is a terrible thing. They lie who saydeath is worse. A touching poem, Thanks PH for featuring(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (8/1/2019 1:23:00 AM)

    I have no will to weep or sing,
    No least desire to pray or curse;
    The loss of love is a terrible thing;
    They lie who say that death is worse. a very fine poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (8/1/2019 1:11:00 AM)

    My orchards groan and sag with fruit;
    Where, Indian-wise, the bees go round;
    I let it rot upon the bough;
    I eat what falls upon the ground.

    beautiful poem
    great 10+++++(Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran NairParameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (12/24/2018 11:11:00 PM)

    The loss of love is a terrible thing;
    They lie who say that death is worse. Loss of love is worse than death Beautiful(Report)Reply

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  • Inguruwattadewage Pushpadewa Chaminda (12/23/2018 10:19:00 AM)

    i also believed lost love is an event it is dangerous(Report)Reply

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  • marion omwoyo (10/3/2018 7:39:00 AM)

    separation from your loved one makes everything difficult.The poem expresses what those who have been jilted or disappointed go through, it is a worst experience ever than death(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/12/2018 2:16:00 PM)

    Excellent poem(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (8/1/2018 8:46:00 PM)

    I ended my first Comment with these Congratulations, chosen by Poem Hunter as Modern Poem Of The Day. Also my warm congratulations to all members of his family in the USA. This poem is loveliest in uttering about how it is the loss of love, but most tragic the emotive feel.No one could sense this poem as the poet self.But I must admit it is a most sensitive poem, beautifully worded most tragic. The loss of love is worse than death....(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (8/1/2018 8:33:00 PM)

    The loss of love is worse than death is the message of this poem. How most terrible, since Cullen did not know what death IS, but he died young at forty three, this could be the absence of love too in his life, a mother who did not wish to erase the child, his grand mom did but died when Cullen needed most love since he became fifteen and was amidst the age when love is needed most, this poem says it all. Congratulations as Modern Poem OTD(Report)Reply

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (8/1/2018 6:51:00 PM)

    What a brilliant poet Countee Cullen was. 'The loss of love is a terrible thing'.(Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (8/1/2018 7:31:00 AM)

    wow! this is a poignant picture of feeling devastated from a love lost and the effects on our energy and will to live. -gk(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003