Valerie Dohren

(13 January 1947 / Southport)

When I Am Gone


When I am gone, when I am gone,
will you then think of me -
not this for long drawn hours or days
or for eternity ….

Nor yet through Winter’s cold decline,
nor Springtime’s sweet embrace -
not during Summer’s long-spun days
to dwell upon my face.

But only for a moment’s time,
a fleeting memory
that passes through the twilight hours -
one second just for me.

And when I’m gone, yes when I’m gone
please then recall my name –
not as the raging ocean’s swell
or brightly burning flame …

But merely as a passing cloud,
a softly blowing breeze,
or as a distant murmuring -
a whisper in the trees.

I ask only a moment’s thought,
to think of me, then smile –
not this for long drawn hours or days
but just a little while.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Topic(s): Death


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  • Rookie - 850 Points Susan Lacovara (6/23/2014 11:43:00 PM)

    Like a gift from heaven, as I sit writing tonight, on my departed mother's birthday, I find this blessing of a poem. You have touched my heart and put a smile on my face....I'd like to think my mom lead me to it....Such comfort and calm, I now can sleep sweetly. Thank you for sharing it....saved as a personal favorite. PEACE (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,429 Points Amitava Sur (5/25/2014 8:36:00 PM)

    A lovely poem with some beautiful heart touching examples. It is very nice to read and feel. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,079 Points Hazel Durham (5/5/2014 5:37:00 AM)

    So beautifully written with such a deep passion for life in every line, you see the beauty of nature unfolding like an orchestra in perfect harmony! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 24 Points Dee Corpolongo (5/2/2014 1:21:00 AM)

    Oh Val, this is so very beautiful and oh so sad for me.....I have lost so many loved ones and family, and friends as well,
    and still can not accept the thought of them as gone forever....I only pray that there is a heaven, or afterlife, where we
    all might meet again....and I do not want to think of you gone, my dear friend....please stay! {{{hugs}}} for you! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 13 Points Perry Biggerstaff (4/27/2014 6:40:00 PM)

    Beautiful. the sweetest memories are rarely crashing storms...they are the wispy cool morning fog. I love it! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,604 Points * Sunprincess * (4/24/2014 4:29:00 PM)

    ..........I agree with kanav, none of us poemhunter members are letting you go anywhere, anytime soon....so put that thought out of your head....stop thinking about dying and start thinking about living......and yes, I love this beautifully written poem... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 931 Points Kanav Justa (4/24/2014 1:03:00 AM)

    you aint going anywhere untill you complete 1000 poems, , , : p
    a sweet write, , , full of emotions.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 85 Points Danny Draper (4/22/2014 5:39:00 AM)

    When you are gone, you will not be forgotten. Let's hope at that distant time many years from now that we may all be considered on a gentle breeze especially on a warm afternoon. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Tanya Gupta (4/21/2014 5:31:00 AM)

    I ask only a moment’s thought,
    to think of me, then smile –
    not this for long drawn hours or days
    but just a little while.

    good one.
    come and read my poems (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,157 Points Dinesh Nair (4/20/2014 2:16:00 AM)

    Who knows who will go first and there is no doubt you will kick your bucket only after quarter of a century from now.... I mean to say it Valerie. Many of us will remember you as a talented and appealing poet and a lovable human being... HAPPY EASTER, Valerie. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 354 Points Om Chawla (4/19/2014 8:23:00 PM)

    When you are gone
    You will never be gone
    Ever dwelling in our thoughts
    As one who sang of emotions humane
    Of love, of pain
    And of nature sublime....
    Simply a delightful write., Val. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,845 Points Valsa George (4/18/2014 4:40:00 AM)

    This is so very sweet Val.... You have no major demands... but just a fleeting kind thought that shall bring a smile upon the face.....! A beautifully crafted poem, engrossing and delightful! A sure 10 (Report) Reply

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