What is your favourite poem about a loss?

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  1. kallini2010 profile image80
    kallini2010posted 11 years ago

    What is your favourite poem about a loss?


  2. multiculturalsoul profile image70
    multiculturalsoulposted 11 years ago

    Theodore Roethke's "Elegy for Jane" (my student, thrown from a horse)

    I have lost students to suicides, violence, and accidents over the years, and this poem captures what I've felt. It ends with:

    "If only I could nudge you from this sleep,
    My maimed darling, my skittery pigeon.
    Over this damp grave I speak the words of my love:
    I, with no rights in this matter,
    Neither father nor lover."

  3. Billie Kelpin profile image84
    Billie Kelpinposted 11 years ago

    While not a poem of loss, Maya Angelo's "And Still I Rise" seemed to comfort and empower me during the worst phase of loss in my life.

    Did you want to see me broken?
    Bowed head and lowered eyes?
    Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
    Weakened by my soulful cries.

    Does my haughtiness offend you?
    Don't you take it awful hard
    'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
    Diggin' in my own back yard.

    You may shoot me with your words,
    You may cut me with your eyes,
    You may kill me with your hatefulness,
    But still, like air, I'll rise.

    1. Escobana profile image76
      Escobanaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I'm in awe! Beautiful poem!

  4. duffsmom profile image59
    duffsmomposted 11 years ago

    There is a poem by Stevie Smith that really grabs me.  It speaks to me of the struggle to live and be heard - and the fact that so many look at us but don't really see what we go through.

    Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith

    Nobody heard him, the dead man,
    But still he lay moaning:
    I was much further out than you thought
    And not waving but drowning.

    Poor chap, he always loved larking
    And now he's dead
    It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
    They said.

    Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
    (Still the dead one lay moaning)
    I was much too far out all my life
    And not waving but drowning.
    Stevie Smith

  5. Seek-n-Find profile image71
    Seek-n-Findposted 11 years ago

    Honestly, it would be something that I wrote.  It's probably my favorite because it really helped me to process the grief of losing a young person who I was close to by suicide.  When I really hurt--I write.  It's not exactly a poem--kind of more like free-verse prose or a reflection--really a metaphor.  It's called, "Death by Drowning:  The Unexpected Light at the Bottom of a Dark River."  This is the beginning of it (the rest is a hub on here if you want to read the rest)

    The dark river of tears—that twists and turns and churns around boulders named denial, anger, sadness, and pain.

    The river races but the banks stand still. Time stands still. I stand on the bank with concrete feet. I gaze at the dark river with expressionless eyes. I do not blink—I cannot swallow.

    Past, present, and future have no distinction. Black and grey clouds hover nearby as if they intend to threaten me with a sudden storm. I feel heavy and light all at once. So heavy that I cannot move—and so light that I might float off into the dark storm.

    My steady gaze of stillness is interrupted without warning as the river‘s icy fingers grip my neck and pull me in...

  6. Samith Jhon profile image57
    Samith Jhonposted 11 years ago

    I don't remember the name of this poem by Emily Dickenson , but this passage always comes to me when I loose someone :

    "There will pass with your great passing
    Little of beauty not your own
    Only the light from common waters
    Only the grace from simple stone"

    May God console you on your losses .

  7. visionandfocus profile image67
    visionandfocusposted 11 years ago

    Emily Bronte's "Remembrance". Very gothic and angst-filled. I actually knew it by heart at one point. Sad.

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    JThomp42posted 11 years ago

    This my favorite: When I am gone, Just release me, Let me go-so I can move into my afterglow. You must not tie me down with your tears; Lets be happy that we had so many years. I gave you my love, You can only guess how much you gave me in happiness. I thank you for the love each of you have shown, But now it's time I traveled on Alone. So grieve for me awhile, If grieve you must, Then let your grief be comforted with trust. It's only for awhile that we must part, So bless the memories within your heart. And then, When you must come this way Alone, I'll greet you with a Hug and a "Welcome Home."

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image84
      Billie Kelpinposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      JT, never heard that one.  Thank you.  I love the concept of being happy for years you've had together with someone. The gratitude that we had someone in our life no matter the length of time can be of comfort.

    2. profile image0
      JThomp42posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Billie. It's one of mine.

  9. MartieCoetser profile image70
    MartieCoetserposted 11 years ago

    The Final Journey by Juan Ramón Jiménez (Original in Spanish)

    .... and I will go away.

    And the birds will stay, singing

    And my garden will stay

    With its green tree

    And white water well.

    And every afternoon the sky will be blue and peaceful

    And the pealing of bells will be like this afternoon’s

    Peal of the bell of the high campanile.

    They will die, all those who loved me

    And every year the town will be revived, again

    And in my circle of green white-limed flowering garden

    My spirit will dwell nostalgic from tree to well.

    And I will go away

    And I will be lonely without my home

    And without my tree with its green foliage

    Without my white water well

    Without the blue peaceful sky

    And the birds will stay


  10. Dan Barfield profile image72
    Dan Barfieldposted 11 years ago

    I can't believe someone hasn't said this one yet - so I'm going to. W.W. Auden's poem Stop All The Clocks is for me, hands down the most emotive poem about personal loss. For me it encapsulates the isolation of those feelings. The strange sense that no-one else can possibly understand what you are going through.  I cannot read nor hear it read without tears coming to my eyes. For those of you who don't know it, here it is:

    Stop All The Clocks (W.H. Auden)

    Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
    Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
    Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
    Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

    Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
    Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
    Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
    Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

    He was my North, my South, my East and West,
    My working week and my Sunday rest,
    My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
    I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

    The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
    Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
    Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
    For nothing now can ever come to any good.

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image84
      Billie Kelpinposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      had never heard this poem - it can be applied to death or being left in other ways - of divorce, I wrote "And no one sends flowers and no one cries, it's hard to see hurt behind hiding eyes" (or something like that - I must have deleted it

    2. crazymom3 profile image69
      crazymom3posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Definitely the deepest feelings of loss.

  11. Escobana profile image76
    Escobanaposted 11 years ago

    Just like Seek-n-Find a poem of my own.

    'I suffer gracefully', written last December trying to get through Christmas after haviing lost my fiancée after a break up.

    It helped me tremendously and I got great comments which helped me too in getting over my loss.

  12. rexy profile image58
    rexyposted 11 years ago

    My favourite one is the one l wrote when l was in school..and it was the first one published and a semi finalist..

    'When we wondered on the moors,
    You said that there will be no tomorrow,
    On that night, you were right,
    For my heart is now filled with  sorrow'.

    l made it up, and my teacher loved it...it was my first poem and l loved it...

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image84
      Billie Kelpinposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Congratulations!  Clever - "On that night, you were right."  Wanna know something funny?  I wrote a poem I really loved, knew it by memory, but lost it on the computer, and now I can't remember it.  Terrible when you can't remember your own poem smile !

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    Emile Rposted 11 years ago

    I want this one read at my own funeral. It's my favorite.

    The Ship


    What is dying
    I am standing on the seashore, a ship sails in the morning breeze and starts for the ocean.
    She is an object of beauty and I stand watching her till at last she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says: "She is gone."
    Gone from my sight that is all.
    She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars as she was when I saw her, and just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination.
    The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her, and just at the moment when someone at my side says,
    "She is gone"
    there are others who are watching her coming, and other voices take up a glad shout:
    "There she comes!"
    and that is dying.

    Bishop Brent

  14. profile image52
    malaysia933posted 11 years ago

    my favorite is " a dream deferred" by langston hughes

  15. haikutwinkle profile image61
    haikutwinkleposted 11 years ago

    If the seat weren't empty
    It would be filled with warmth
    coming from a generous heart
    that seeks to be loved, once more
    kissed, once more
    embraced, never ever let go, again
    forever filled with blissful memories
    before Miss Fortune rang the doorbell
    entered with monstrosity
    devoured Mr Health and Wealth
    leaving treacherous obsessions
    binding with delusions
    wallowing in and drifting out
    dandelion floats
    aimlessly, silently
    reaching the void
    ever so close... yet so far

  16. Serendipity7 profile image70
    Serendipity7posted 11 years ago

    This poem, Remember Me, which I believe has an anonymous author, has touched my heart.

    To the living, I am gone.  To the sorrowful, I will never return.

    But to the happy, I am at peace.  And to the faithful, I have never left.

    I cannot speak, but I can listen.  I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.

    So as you stand upon a shore gazing at a beautiful sea, Remember Me.
    As you look in awe at a mighty forest and its grand majesty, Remember Me.

    Remember me in your heart; your thoughts and your memories of the times we loved, the times we cried, the times we fought, the times we laughed.

    For if you always think of me, I will have never gone.

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    graceinusposted 11 years ago

    As this soldier stands in Awe,

    And face the Almighty's Throne.

    Let those on earth have no doubt,

    The Almighty brought him Home.

  18. Andy McGuire profile image71
    Andy McGuireposted 11 years ago

    While not a poem, the acoustic version of the Rise Against song, "Everchanging" is very powerful and it's my all-time favorite song. Just reading the lyrics as a stand alone poem is enough to get the full force of it. It's very articulate and full of sad aesthetics.


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