Elegy

Day/Poem 3, as per NaPo’s challenge “to write an elegy – a poem that mourns or honors someone dead or something gone by.”

For some reason, heavier subject matter tends to bring me back to the villanelle, so I’ve chosen that form again for this work.

The journal draft:

elegy

The final cut:

And who would mourn your silent, rueful name
whose kingdom lies below the bitter ground
when all is yours to candidly reclaim?

Though all the world laments your cursed fame,
we tremble, still, before your barren crown.
And who would mourn your silent, rueful name

whose breath would douse the longest-burning flame
and steal our own, resigning us to drown?
When all is yours to candidly reclaim,

we simple pawns grow weary of your game
and curse the Player’s talented renown.
And who would mourn your silent, rueful name

if we could see beyond your seeming aim—
should we discern the fate to which you’re bound…
When all is yours to candidly reclaim,

we ask ourselves if we would want the same
and whether we could shoulder what we found,
and who would mourn your silent, rueful name
when all is yours to candidly reclaim…

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