Bread and Music by Conrad Aiken

Conrad-Aiken

Music I heard with you was more than music,
And bread I broke with you was more than bread;
Now that I am without you, all is desolate;
All that was once so beautiful is dead.

Your hands once touched this table and this silver,
And I have seen your fingers hold this glass.
These things do not remember you, belovèd,
And yet your touch upon them will not pass.

For it was in my heart you moved among them,
And blessed them with your hands and with your eyes;
And in my heart they will remember always,—
They knew you once, O beautiful and wise.

Conrad Aiken
1889–1973

Note: Conrad Aiken won a Pulitzer Prize in 1930 for Selected Poems and a National Book Award in 1954 for Collected Poems.

Further reading:
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/conrad-aiken

 

 

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About Russell Boyle

Russell Boyle is a mathematics teacher, writer, and poet. His poetry anthologies are titled The Beginning, Footprints and Loneliness. Russell is the author of the Year 7 to 8 Mathematics Short-Answer Tasks, the Year 7 to 10 Mathematics Multiple-Choice Tasks, the Year 9 to 10 Extended-Response Tasks, the solutions to the Year 12 VCAA Mathematics Exams and the Web-Programming For Beginners series of courses. Sample poems and questions may be downloaded from http://russellboyle.com
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4 Responses to Bread and Music by Conrad Aiken

  1. Oloriel says:

    I love Conrad Aiken’s poetry! Thank you for sharing it, and many others I always enjoy! Happy New Year!

  2. renxkyoko says:

    Happy 2016, Sir ! Cheers !

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