You Were for Us Not Only Love, but Bread

Music: Mathis der Maler: 2nd Movement (Grablegung).
By Paul Hindemith. Sequenced by David Siu at Kunst der Fuge

Subscribe to this site on YouTube

Subscribe to get a poem sent to you each day by email


Follow Us

Hear me read
the poem as
an MP3 file.

Alpha List

Poems About
Death

Sad Poems

Villanelles

About This
Site

Poems for
Free

Copyright by
Nicholas Gordon

You were for us not only love, but bread,
Our source of sustenance as well as joy.
Now not grief but hunger mourns the dead.

We must content ourselves with what we beg,
The bitter gifts no kindness can alloy.
You were for us not only love, but bread.

We miss you, but our hearts have turned to lead.
We cannot one sweet pang of pain enjoy.
Now not grief but hunger mourns the dead.

Nor have we any tears that we might shed
For you, nor thoughts that might grief buoy.
You were for us not only love, but bread,

And so there are no dreams of you in bed,
Nor memories with which my mind might toy.
Now not grief but hunger mourns the dead.

No room, no room, but emptiness instead,
A need that does all other need destroy.
You were for us not only love, but bread.
Now not grief but hunger mourns the dead.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon



[about this site] [poems for free] [poem of the day]
[site policy] [about me] [ links]