Without You Poem by Hermann Hesse

Without You

Rating: 3.7


My Pillow gazes upon me at night
Empty as a gravestone;
I never thought it would be so bitter
To be alone,
Not to lie down asleep in your hair.

I lie alone in a silent house,
The hanging lamp darkened,
And gently stretch out my hands
To gather in yours,
And softly press my warm mouth
Toward you, and kiss myself, exhausted and weak-
Then suddenly I'm awake
And all around me the cold night grows still.
The star in the window shines clearly-
Where is your blond hair,
Where your sweet mouth?

Now I drink pain in every delight
And poison in every wine;
I never knew it would be so bitter
To be alone,
Alone, without you.


Translated by James Wright

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Chinedu Dike 22 October 2019

A beautiful love poem, well articulated and nicely brought forth with clarity of thought and mind. Very heartfelt with strong emotions.

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* Sunprincess * 31 May 2014

...............this write captures the feeling of being alone....

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Sunho Lee 28 August 2011

Very interesting! And deeply moved. I really want to fall in love with such a gorgeous girl like this.

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Ritty Patnaik 04 July 2009

a poem of deep yearning, when one is at the fagend of life, trying to gather some happy moments.a very good write.

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***** ********* 17 August 2006

I knew why I loved this man, and his poetry just confirms it. A master of poetry in emotion imo, Tai

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