2018 Day 24 – The Sweetest Tears

These are the bitterest tears of all
The tears I cry for someone lost in dream
These are the sweetest tears that fall

Sorrows may not be the thing they seem.
I treasure like a secret in the night
The tears I cry for someone lost in dream.

Not every sorrow fades into the light.
The memory of the life I didn’t live
I treasure like a secret in the night.

I miss the kisses that I didn’t give
And, half-awake, I let myself believe
The memory of the life I didn’t live.

A loss without a name, yet still I grieve
For that unknown, that tender might-have-been
And, half-awake, I let myself believe.

Who knew imagined loss could be so keen?
These are the bitterest tears of all
For that unknown, that tender might-have-been.
These are the sweetest tears that fall.

 

Notes: The prompt was to write an elegy that had some kind of hopefulness in it, but I’ve already written several of those, so I went off at a tangent with a bitter-sweet, somewhat elegiac terzanelle.

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  1. Pingback: NaPoWriMo / GloPoWriMo 2018 – Day 24 – “Hopes & Teardrops” by David Ellis | toofulltowrite (I've started so I'll finish)

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