poet Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks

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To Be In Love

To be in love
Is to touch with a lighter hand.
In yourself you stretch, you are well.
You look at things
Through his eyes.
A cardinal is red.
A sky is blue.
Suddenly you know he knows too.
He is not there but
You know you are tasting together
The winter, or a light spring weather.
His hand to take your hand is overmuch.
Too much to bear.
You cannot look in his eyes
Because your pulse must not say
What must not be said.
When he
Shuts a door-
Is not there_
Your arms are water.
And you are free
With a ghastly freedom.
You are the beautiful half
Of a golden hurt.
You remember and covet his mouth
To touch, to whisper on.
Oh when to declare
Is certain Death!
Oh when to apprize
Is to mesmerize,
To see fall down, the Column of Gold,
Into the commonest ash.


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/12/2020 4:56:00 AM)

    Your arms are water.
    And you are free
    With a ghastly freedom.....to be in love the heart feels freedom but in the specific way.....

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  • Martha santos (12/2/2019 7:56:00 PM)

    Love this poem

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  • Jhayanna brooks (10/17/2019 9:45:00 AM)

    I know I'm 10 but I love her poems they are sweet and they are good for people when their down or having a bad times but I'm still 10 and that won; t change a thing and love and hope we love her and what she has done for us thank.By: Jhayanna Brooks

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (10/12/2019 8:56:00 AM)

    A beautiful love poem well articulated and nicely penned with insight. Lovely and very passionate write. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Aakif (9/5/2019 10:15:00 AM)

    Superb

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  • Rayna (6/11/2019 1:01:00 PM)

    Im researching Gwendolyn and shes amazing but im having trouble writing an original poem shawdoing her work because she doesnt really have a set pattern with her poems but its still amazing

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  • Rahul (6/1/2018 6:46:00 AM)

    You potty shut bakvass

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  • Sally (3/1/2018 3:31:00 PM)

    I love Gwendolyn brooks

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    luvtoslash(2/5/2018 9:48:00 AM)

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  • Chilly (1/31/2018 12:57:00 PM)

    I'm doing a research thing on her and this is cool to find! I LOVE GWENDOLYN BROOKS! ! ! shes so amazing!

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  • Bernard SnyderBernard Snyder (7/24/2015 11:20:00 PM)

    Love is such a beautiful emotion!

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (7/24/2015 8:35:00 PM)

    So true and powerful drop.Liked it.

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (7/24/2015 8:10:00 AM)

    This poem says clearly practical way of love based on experience in life!

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  • Naveed Akram (8/6/2008 3:45:00 PM)

    I like the swing of the poet. It gives us a long look, and a brief shape to the aspect of being in love. The abstract cares are finally uplifting the poem’s enterprise, and unique glimpses are made on the beauty of the subject. It can release a passion, just as the matter itself can release excitement. Much of the poem strives for a natural appraisal of being in love, with a similitude that is perfect, and an ending so metaphorical.

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  • Emancipation Planz (2/24/2008 2:27:00 AM)

    These lines 'You are the beautiful half Of a golden hurt.' are truly magical symmetry of two lovers....

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  • Blue angel Florida (10/2/2007 3:44:00 PM)

    Lovely Piece, deep love, well described.

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  • Shelley L Baxter-stanley (6/15/2007 12:45:00 AM)

    I love this true attest to Love and all the wonderful imagery you bring to great piece of poetry...true thoughts were shared and enjoyed.Wish U were still around to write more...may be now you are entertaining the Angels with your great works Gwendolyn...10/10
    =Shelley=

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  • Kailynd McGregor (4/19/2006 10:09:00 PM)

    I love this poem.....it is just how I feel about someone right now

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