David Lumpkin

Freshman - 696 Points (December 6,1954 / New Orleans, LA USA)

To Love And To Lose - Poem by David Lumpkin

What good is it to love and to lose, if your love will never be there?
What good is it to love and to lose, if your love you can no longer declare?
What good is it to love with a love that is deeper than ocean or sea?
If the one that you love has been taken away, and mine has been taken from me.

Would better it be if never I'd loved and touched not the sun beams of day?
Would better it be if never I'd loved nor drank in the vast star's display?
Would better it be if never I'd loved and shared not the first rose of spring?
They say that it's best if I loved and I lost, than never our love bells to ring.

Yes, better it was to love yet to lose for love to my life has brought gain.
Yes, better it was to love yet to lose for each memory brings love once again.
Yes, better is was to love yet to lose for good times could never abound.
For had I not loved when I had loved, true love would never be found.

Topic(s) of this poem: happiness, life, life and death, love

Form: Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Having lost someone that was my life, I am familiar with the repetitious grief that this poem simulates. We tend to continually go over and over things that could have been, should have been and never will be. In the end, after years of living through this, we finally realize we must see the good and turn a dark eye to the pain. In so doing, our good memories comfort us.

Comments about To Love And To Lose by David Lumpkin

  • Howard Savage (9/20/2016 3:50:00 PM)

    Great poem with a strong and profound sense of emotions, frameworking reality. (Report)Reply

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  • Jasbir ChatterjeeJasbir Chatterjee (4/5/2016 4:25:00 AM)

    Beautiful lines, For had I not loved when I had loved, true love would never be found. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 31, 2016

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 14, 2016


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