Monday, May 9, 2011

Everything Sad

or Reflections on the Overthrow of the Lord of the Rings and the Return of the King

[I've been reading Tolkien and Denise Levertov, this is the result. It's a new style, and so it may be clumsy. Writing a bad deep poem is much scarier than writing a bad silly poems--at least it is for me, feedback would be appreciated. More to come in this style.]

Is everything sad going to come untrue?
Samwise Gamgee

what is true
will stay true.

The story will not be rewritten.
Tears will not cover their tracks
pretend like nothing happened.

Sobs will not
be turned to laughs.
Up and down
will not switch.

Pain felt
will not
be undone—
marks left
will remain.

But, if there is
a hope we can dare
it is this—
our tears will make
our laughs deeper
pains suffered will make
smiles honest.

And if any
secret magic
is revealed
it will not be
every sad thing
come untrue,
sad will come

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