Thomas McGrath

(1916 - 1990 / North Dakota / United States)

Such Simple Love - Poem by Thomas McGrath

All night long I hear the sleepers toss
Between the darkened window and the wall.
The madman's whimper and the lover's voice,
The worker's whisper and the sick child's call—
Knowing them all

I'd walk a mile, maybe, hearing some cat
Crying its guts out, to throttle it by hand,
Such simple love I had. I wished I might—
Or God might—answer each call in person and
Each poor demand.

Well, I'd have been better off sleeping myself.
These fancies had some sentimental charm,
But love without direction is a cheap blanket
And even if it did no one any harm,
No one is warm.

Topic(s) of this poem: love


Comments about Such Simple Love by Thomas McGrath

  • (11/20/2016 11:02:00 PM)


    Love without direction is a cheap blanket.
    Nice write. Congrats on modern POTD.
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (11/20/2016 10:06:00 AM)


    Well, I'd have been better off sleeping myself.
    These fancies had some sentimental charm, .... is very nice. Your heart is fluttering for love to simple things in life. Loved it.
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  • (11/20/2016 7:34:00 AM)

    Such Simple Love
    A simple, lovely poem expressing a common experience. (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (11/20/2016 7:26:00 AM)

    Such Simple Love
    Wow! What a sensitive heart you have to become responsive to a simple cat-call, when you could have better slept. Never to regret over love disposition. One day you will be rewarded. Thanks for sharing a sentimental piece of work. Congrats for being the Modern PoD. (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (11/20/2016 3:59:00 AM)

    Such Simple Love
    love without direction is a cheap blanket....very true...can not be taken for granted....nice poem- 10 (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/20/2016 3:51:00 AM)

    Congrats for the POTD
    Indeed a simple love, But love without direction is a cheap blanket
    And even if it did no one any harm,
    No one is warm.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/20/2016 1:45:00 AM)

    Lover's voice!
    Sentimental! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/20/2016 1:38:00 AM)


    What a beautiful poem on love.....
    Thanks for sharing...
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 8, 2015



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