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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

  • Rookie 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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  • Gold Star - 179,503 Points Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/12/2018 2:16:00 PM)

    Excellent poem (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 38,549 Points Sylvia 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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Poems About Loss

  1. 1. The Loss Of Love , Countee Cullen
  2. 2. A Loss Of Something Ever Felt I , Emily Dickinson
  3. 3. Loss And Gain , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  4. 4. Loss Of Memory , hariharans sundaram
  5. 5. Mother's Loss , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  6. 6. What Is Loss? , Sylvia Chidi
  7. 7. Loss And Gain , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  8. 8. Loss, Lost, Lust , alley 091
  9. 9. Lines On The Loss Of The "Titanic" , Thomas Hardy
  10. 10. The Loss Of The Eurydice , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  11. 11. First Loss , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  12. 12. Loss , P A NOUSHAD
  13. 13. Upon The Loss Of His Mistresses , Robert Herrick
  14. 14. The Lover Mourns For The Loss Of Love , William Butler Yeats
  15. 15. In The Harbour: Loss And Gain , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  16. 16. Error And Loss , William Morris
  17. 17. Loss , BEAU GOLDEN
  18. 18. A Mother's Loss. , Fay Slimm
  19. 19. My Loss , Augusta Davies Webster
  20. 20. A Mother's Loss. , Robert Crawford
  21. 21. ! ! Love And Loss And Love Again - A Poe.. , Michael Shepherd
  22. 22. His Loss , Robert Herrick
  23. 23. Light Loss , John Le Gay Brereton
  24. 24. Loss Of Innocence , Casey Stewart
  25. 25. Loss. , Robert Crawford
  26. 26. The Loss Of The Victoria , William Topaz McGonagall
  27. 27. Loss From The Least , Robert Herrick
  28. 28. No Loss No Gain , Rajaram Ramachandran
  29. 29. . Rebound Loss , Kay Barcelon
  30. 30. The Loss Of Female Character , George Moses Horton
  31. 31. An Elegy Upon The Immature Loss Of The M.. , Henry King
  32. 32. A Loss , Edward James
  33. 33. Loss Of Time , Ankoku Gekido
  34. 34. Loss , Connie Webb
  35. 35. Profit And Loss , Ada Cambridge
  36. 36. (loss) The Grave Of My Child , K. Jared Hosein
  37. 37. A Non-Violent Loss Of Recall , O Sudhir Janardhanan
  38. 38. The Gain Of Loss , DARREL KINCAID
  39. 39. Answer To Loss. , salma. torrez
  40. 40. The Loss Of Wonder , Scarlett Treat
  41. 41. Bigbigthe Loss Of Lovebigbig , Alia Ford
  42. 42. Loss Of A Friend , Nerissa Morton
  43. 43. Poem For The Loss Of A Friend , Aislinn Armstrong
  44. 44. Removed From Accident Of Loss , Emily Dickinson
  45. 45. 'How Do You Cope With The Loss Of A Child' , David Bennett
  46. 46. A Woman’s Loss , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  47. 47. Loss Of Life......... , Ravi Sathasivam
  48. 48. My Loss Of Humour , Vanessa Hughes
  49. 49. Loss Of A Mother , DeAntre Pate
  50. 50. Elegy For Loss Of Love (A Poem In Five P.. , Stephen Denny Paul White
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