Brian Patten

(7 February 1946 / Liverpool / England)

And Nothing Is Ever As You Want It To Be - Poem by Brian Patten

You lose your love for her and then
It is her who is lost,
And then it is both who are lost,
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Comments about And Nothing Is Ever As You Want It To Be by Brian Patten

  • Rookie - 69 Points Jemima Rivas (3/18/2014 7:10:00 AM)

    Brian I Love this Poem Its true to live and love :) Its real I've truly felt it ..................... but Should you make them as we want it to be or try to accept it? (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,455 Points Eugene Levich (3/17/2014 10:18:00 PM)

    Brian,

    This very lovely poem is marred twice by the same glaring grammatical error:

    You lose your love for her and then It is her who is lost, should read:
    ... it is SHE who is lost,

    The verb to be in English (with one exception) in all its conjugations always takes the subject pronoun. (The exception is: Woe is me!)

    I hope I haven't offended by pointing this out; I thought this poem too fine not to be corrected.

    E. Levich (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 520 Points Maya Hanson (3/17/2014 11:27:00 AM)

    This is a great write! beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Thomas Carolan (3/16/2014 5:23:00 PM)

    this is a true account of the whole meaning of lost love, and then it is both who are lost, I like this poem
    there is so much in all the lines here, I personally INJOYED (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shveta Sahal (3/16/2013 2:11:00 AM)

    Last few lines are beautiful! simple and yet so deeeeeeeep..great penning! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Apphia Grimonia (3/17/2012 7:32:00 AM)

    i'm impressed after read your poem..it's really beautiful...great poet u are.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Phyllis T. Halle (3/16/2012 5:11:00 PM)

    Ah! Brian!
    I thought truth was complicated and you have shown TRUTH in such a simple way.
    I AM DELIGHTED TO HAVE DISCOVERED YOUR WORK. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,229 Points Jasbir Chatterjee (3/16/2012 8:00:00 AM)

    yes, indeed, nothing is ever as perfect as you want it to be... (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 728 Points Sally Plumb Plumb (8/22/2009 6:24:00 AM)

    I have read these poems from end to start and they are all beautifully fabulous. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Original Unknown Girl (4/9/2008 5:44:00 AM)

    I read this poem in an anthology of poetry and I couldn't believe how spot on Brian is/was.... the final stanza says it all, a very fine poem that deserves its place in the Top 500. HG: -) xx (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Joan Maynard (4/22/2007 10:35:00 AM)

    I too have long loved this poem... but in the printed version I have the title reads 'And nothing is ever AS PERFECT as you want it to be'

    Ah, now that's better! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rachel Kilker (5/27/2006 7:30:00 PM)

    I love Brian Patten's poems too. He uses emotional expression so well, a few of his poems have had me tearful. The poem 'it is time to tidy up your life' is a very poignant poem and one of my favourites. Just today I cam on to find it, and looked and cannot find it. Then one last go at inputting it - I found it! A friend gave me this poem at a low point of my life, and it's just so.........well you know read it and keep reading it - till something sticks! The poem you refer to can be found here: www.annasach.net/peafair/otherwork/tidyup.htm (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anna Russell (2/25/2006 9:00:00 AM)

    I'm a big fan of Brian's work. I read a poem of his a few years ago called 'It's Time To Tidy Up Your Life' and have been unable to find it since. Does anyone know where I could get a copy?
    Hugs
    Anna xxx (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Raynette Eitel (5/22/2005 7:10:00 PM)

    This is lovely, Brian; yet I was totally distracted by the line, It is her who is lost.' It needs to be 'It is she who is lost.' Those are the things that cause writers to lose credibility with the reader. My favorite part was your longing to bring home love like a lost kitten or strawberries. It is a happy, tender fantasy and lovely to read.

    Raynette (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Shepherd (4/2/2005 6:13:00 AM)

    One of the loveliest poems about loss of love? (Report) Reply










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