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Elegy for Those We've Loved

Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.

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What feeling is best
now that you are laid to rest?
A door has closed.
Yet in me, your whole life is opening
like a rose unfolding. What feeling is best
now that you are laid to rest?
Seeing you that one last time
walking away,
you didn't look back. What feeling is best?
The affairs of life
are put to rest.
You had a life, you had the best. I see this is the same
for all of us.
We cling to our stories.
We cling to failures, and glories.
We wake every day to death.
What feeling is best
when you are laid to rest?

A pang of guilt
A gush of confusion
A scattered recollection
A fragment of a song. What feeling is best?

We hold on to passion
We struggle for our breath
We mark our days
We chart our ways
We grow, we bloom, we die. What feeling is best
when you are laid to rest?

You, or I.
It's all the same,
a sad refrain.
What once was grand is gone.
A star at dawn.

Note

I seem to have written a sort of generic elegy, having lost many dear to me. The grief never lessens, but somehow, magically one comes to realize that life goes on, and we learn to celebrate it's fragile fleeting.

The World is Too Much With Us

The world is too much with us,
and then, not enough. Everyone wants it smooth,
to be just in the groove.
To win, and never lose.
To have the life we choose.
To never sing the blues.Tapping to the rhythm
of the dance,
As we go about our heedless ways. The world is too much with us,
and then, not enough.

Note

William Wordsworth I am not! But I accidentally stole the first line from his Sonnet.

© 2018 Verlie Burroughs

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