Rupert Brooke

Here you will find the Poem Dead Men's Love of poet Rupert Brooke

Dead Men's Love

There was a damned successful Poet;
 There was a Woman like the Sun.
And they were dead. They did not know it.
 They did not know their time was done.
 They did not know his hymns
 Were silence; and her limbs,
 That had served Love so well,
 Dust, and a filthy smell.

And so one day, as ever of old,
 Hands out, they hurried, knee to knee;
On fire to cling and kiss and hold
 And, in the other's eyes, to see
 Each his own tiny face,
 And in that long embrace
 Feel lip and breast grow warm
 To breast and lip and arm.

So knee to knee they sped again,
 And laugh to laugh they ran, I'm told,
Across the streets of Hell . . .
 And then
 They suddenly felt the wind blow cold,
 And knew, so closely pressed,
 Chill air on lip and breast,
 And, with a sick surprise,
 The emptiness of eyes.