Valerie Dohren

Gold Star - 6,569 Points (13 January 1947 / Southport)

What Becomes Of Love That Falters - Poem by Valerie Dohren

What becomes of love that falters
Skies that turn from blue to grey
Tenderness which coldness alters
Eyes then sadly turn away

Hearts bereft of gentle feeling
With the passing of the years
Love once at the altar kneeling
Turning thus to bitter tears

Arms that ever were enfolding
Kisses sweet as summer rain
Hands so clasped and tightly holding
Parted now as love doth wane

Lost in dreams to feel that splendour
So unbounded long ago
Whispered words then sweet and tender
Blown away, no more to know

Cold and dark the waking morning
Sorrow borne the new day brings
Ever sad the moment dawning
When the heart no longer sings

Comments about What Becomes Of Love That Falters by Valerie Dohren

  • (12/31/2012 4:00:00 PM)

    You've done it again. Extremely vivid, and markedly sad
    .Like water, love can escape though our fingers and you describe the pain poetically, and perfectly
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  • (12/18/2012 10:41:00 PM)

    Valerie, a critic said of Mark Danielewski that he had a songwriter's heart as attuned to heartache as he was to Derrida's theory onthe sign. -- you too have your heart tuned as a songwriter does. this is so beautiful. Kerouac said something like poets carry the tears of thousands of years... your words are like a lightning rod, summoning the feelings of humanity down into a single burst, with you as catalyst. a perfect 10. (Report) Reply

  • (12/12/2012 11:18:00 AM)

    The heart will sing again, it will play a different tune. Heartfelt but rewarding read (Report) Reply

  • Om Chawla (12/12/2012 12:44:00 AM)

    'Hearts bereft of gentle feelings....'
    You have captured the agonizing loneliness-'When the heart no longer sings'- following estrangement, so very well. An appreciable write.
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  • (12/10/2012 4:00:00 AM)

    You have an uncanny ability to delve into the arcane nature of human behavior. And equally important, you are a master at staging the literary settings that present so beautifully. I consider you a mentor. Much appreciation. (Report) Reply

  • (12/8/2012 1:27:00 PM)

    It is very sad and hurtful and so frequent. Has great emotional impact for us all. Hopefully, just another of your great poems (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilson (12/8/2012 6:13:00 AM)

    Wonderful heartfelt poem, a lovely read. (Report) Reply

  • (12/5/2012 11:54:00 AM)

    You have the essence of it, well worth the vote. (Report) Reply

  • Meena Mustafa (12/3/2012 3:45:00 PM)

    Wow! you are amazing... each and every poem of yours is sooooooooooo beautiful :) (Report) Reply

  • Juan Olivarez (11/29/2012 7:37:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem Val. I have been married for almost 40 years and I can honestly say, love has never faltered. (Report) Reply

  • (11/26/2012 6:42:00 AM)

    A fine poem of sadness that life will deliver, explored with great empathy and skill. Pain too is part of life and must and will be endured, but the rhythem and meter tell of life's pulse and its indefatigable propensity to prevail as does love if we are receptive. Thank you Val. (Report) Reply

  • (11/24/2012 5:05:00 AM)

    Recalling some long-forgotten time when poetry was more learned and specific than in most cases. You reflect here a large portion of my own life and again, I wish to thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Godfrey Morris (11/23/2012 5:35:00 PM)

    lovely, i like this poem very much (Report) Reply

  • (11/21/2012 6:47:00 PM)

    This is my new favorite poem, hands down. I feel the humanity in it. And words, though they will never fully convey our emotions, come as close as possible in this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Stevie Taite (11/21/2012 3:37:00 PM)

    Dying love...... What causes it to become so ill? It is one of the saddest deaths on Earth, and if it stays the test of time, from the first magical, shared realisation, you must surely count yourself lucky. Up to your usually standards. excellent (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (11/20/2012 10:23:00 AM)

    Amazing poem, so poignant and so sadly true! Outstanding write! ! (Report) Reply

  • Kelvin Owusu (11/20/2012 6:13:00 AM)

    wow this is a perfect poem the structure flows nicely a perfect piece (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (11/18/2012 8:36:00 PM)

    Excellent composition with perfected rhyme and rhythm, smooth flow and superb content. Love loses connection when there's no honesty. (Report) Reply

  • (11/18/2012 3:57:00 PM)

    When the heart no longer sings! Sad! but such lovely write. Love always returns in one form of other. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Green (11/18/2012 3:38:00 PM)

    Says it all..................................... Another great write Val (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 16, 2012

Poem Edited: Saturday, November 17, 2012

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