Mar 20 2005

To Earthward

Published by at 3:19 am under Robert Frost Love Poems

To Earthward

 Robert Frost

Love at the lips was touch
As sweet as I could bear;
And once that seemed too much;
I lived on air

That crossed me from sweet things,
The flow of – was it musk
From hidden grapevine springs
Down hill at dusk?

I had the swirl and ache
From sprays of honeysuckle
That when they’re gathered shake
Dew on the knuckle.

I craved strong sweets, but those
Seemed strong when I was young;
The petal of the rose
It was that stung.

Now no joy but lacks salt
That is not dashed with pain
And weariness and fault;
I crave the stain

Of tears, the aftermark
Of almost too much love,
The sweet of bitter bark
And burning clove.

When stiff and sore and scarred
I take away my hand
From leaning on it hard
In grass and sand,

The hurt is not enough:
I long for weight and strength
To feel the earth as rough
To all my length.

 Robert Frost

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13 responses so far

13 Responses to “To Earthward”

  1. mineon 21 Aug 2008 at 6:02 pm

    this is my favorite frost poem

  2. morganon 01 Dec 2008 at 12:47 pm

    This poem made me cry, knowing it is simalar to what we deal with now-a-days. :cry :sigh :sigh

  3. amandaon 05 Feb 2009 at 2:11 pm

    [B]bold[/B]i really liked this poem cuzz pretty much everyone relates to it in some ways 🙂 [*]list close

  4. rosita la del barrioon 05 May 2009 at 7:40 pm

    wat does this poem mean..anybody??

  5. dawon 13 Nov 2009 at 9:32 am

    🙂 :grin 🙂 :grin 😉 8) 😉 8) :p :roll :p :roll :eek :upset :eek :upset :zzz :sigh :zzz :sigh 😕 :cry 😕 :cry 🙁 😡 🙁 😡

  6. Rylee Pattinsonon 20 Apr 2010 at 3:21 pm

    You know what? I have no idea what the hell this means. I don\’t care, I still like it because I like all Frost poems. 😕 :grin 8) :zzz

  7. Bryona,.on 18 May 2010 at 12:17 pm

    😡 🙁 :cry 😕 :sigh :zzz :upset :eek :roll :p 8) 😉 :grin 🙂

    Bryona likes this poem,…..[B]yurrrr[/B]

  8. L'quesha Bronteon 12 Oct 2010 at 4:59 pm

    👿 His poem inspired me to write a poem to my best maddie,
    which goes

    i love your smile, your eyes, your hair
    your love, your trust and your care
    we step to the beat of our song in our heart
    our friendship will never fail or tearus apart

    thanks robert frost for inspriing me…. you will live on forever ;-( :woot: :whistle: :love: :ninja: :bandit: :angel:

  9. D. B Pandeyon 11 Nov 2010 at 6:00 am

    I like this poem which has the different interpretation with understanding of the human brain. It is related to the life that isinterrelated with nature.

  10. pixieon 21 Nov 2010 at 9:55 am


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  12. Krystynon 29 Sep 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I agree with D. B. all poems mean something different to the reader. Basically this poem is about falling in and out of love

    At first the smells are sweet and tantalizing. Love at first starts with a crush that is almost hypnotic at times.

    Later the smells are heavy haunting smells and then just a memory. This is about the break up there is a memory of sweet (the rose) but then it is bitter.

    Every flower and sentence has symbolism it is kinda fun to go through. Robert Frost is amazing.

  13. D'Onnaon 07 Jun 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I agree with Krystyn about the poem being about falling in and out of love. WHeen I read it aloud it seems like it signifies rising and falling, the ups and the downs of a relationship

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