Marvin Bell


To Dorothy - Poem by Marvin Bell

You are not beautiful, exactly.
You are beautiful, inexactly.
You let a weed grow by the mulberry
And a mulberry grow by the house.
So close, in the personal quiet
Of a windy night, it brushes the wall
And sweeps away the day till we sleep.

A child said it, and it seemed true:
"Things that are lost are all equal."
But it isn't true. If I lost you,
The air wouldn't move, nor the tree grow.
Someone would pull the weed, my flower.
The quiet wouldn't be yours. If I lost you,
I'd have to ask the grass to let me sleep.


Submitted by Larry Bole


Comments about To Dorothy by Marvin Bell

  • Rajnish Manga (2/19/2016 11:43:00 PM)


    Things that are lost are all equal.
    But it isn't true. If I lost you,
    The air wouldn't move, nor the tree grow...... / Fantastic imagery. Thanks for sharing the poem.
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  • (2/19/2016 10:09:00 PM)


    A marvelous sentimental verse penned beautifully which is touching too. Thanks for sharing.10 points. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Reed (2/19/2016 3:19:00 AM)


    A very touching and exquisitely sentimental and personal poem of love (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/19/2016 1:01:00 AM)


    Life and act. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (5/10/2008 10:38:00 PM)


    If I had to pick one poem as my favorite, this would be the one. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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