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When Love Ends- a poem

Updated on February 20, 2012
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When Love Ends- A poem

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

Relinquished arms and faded game,

duplicitous silence born of betrayal.

Fetch my bowl and cup salute,

the end of lies and feigned recoup.

My heart once filled now loathes to feel,

the shallow tint and absence yield.

For time dislodge the truth unsaid,

and face the parting bravely.

‘Tis love that sparks the deepest night,

and love that rots in faded light.

Adrift in aged encumbered life,

a scrambled plight detests.

Impossible to face regret,

nor hold the hand of passing let,

A vision lost of eternal will,

forever end in sadness still.

Craving scorned and will aside,

let passion wain and chill reside.

The torment lost contention nigh,

oh silence bare and then…

Pillows soft of down console,

now callus rocks a bed so cold.

No rest, escape or careless soul,

could pity find in aged recall.

Tempered thoughts of warmth now lost,

in staggered rows of graveyard plots.

Lack lustre past in fine review,

welcome change and life renew.


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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you appreciated it Dana. Thanks for dropping by.

    • DanaTeresa profile image

      Dana Strang 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Ouch! This speaks of some serious pain, loss, torment. And then there is that last line. Comforting and hopeful. Very nice.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you liked it so much LaThing. Thanks for your kind comment.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you related, Janine. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

    • Janine Huldie profile image

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Very beautiful poem. I have been on both ends of unrequited love in the past. So this poem truly spoke to me. Thanks for writing this and I am sharing and voting it up!

    • LaThing profile image


      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This poem is bewitching, to say the least. It's so deep, and beautifully written;

      'A vision lost of eternal will, 'Forever end in sadness still.'

      That is beautiful! Sharing......

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Quite a compliment, Sem. Thanks.

      The way to look at it is- death is rarely an end, rather a new beginning.

    • Sembj profile image


      7 years ago

      Unless I got the poem wrong, it is not a poem that could have been written by the younger looking man in the image. When I read the last stanza, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. It is the second time I've come to read it and will read it after some sleep the next time I visit.

      On each occasion, I have felt it a fine poem. Sadly for me, I find little poetry that I can appreciate so it is meant to be a grand compliment.

      On a visit to Dublin, I was most impressed that poems were printed inside the computer trains and other places where they could be read. They were of necessarily short but I thought it a wonderful idea. After a few Guiness I'd try and engage the locals in discussions on the poems while riding home happily from a pub.

      Why is it that poetry seems a little like religion and becomes more important and gathers its best audiences where and when freedom is being denied? (Other than in Ireland, at one time.) In the US, I suspect there is little poetry read.

      Off topic, I know. In any event, I have become determined to dust off some of the poets and poems I've loved and revisit them. Thanks


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