Lora Colon

(26 September 1944 / Missouri - United States)

My Sadness


Someone told me I must give up my sadness
And look for more blue in my skies;
Give up my sadness - that's just sheer madness!
How about if we compromise

Sadness can stay and occupy my heart
Only on days ending with 'y';
But give up my sadness - replace it with gladness?
I can't think of a reason why

Sadness and I've been together so long,
We should have just taken our vows;
Give up my sadness - that's just sheer madness!
Truth is, I wouldn't even know how

Sadness and me, well, we're like conjoined twins,
Where one goes, so goes the other;
Give up my sadness? Don't speak of such madness!
By the way, loneliness is our brother

I've been told not to let sadness speak,
It's always wrong, and has no right;
Don't be absurd - sadness must be heard!
Sometimes, we talk long into the night

No one can break apart this family,
All we have are each other;
Me, loneliness, and sadness - what a team,
Wait! Here comes hopelessness - our long lost mother!

Submitted: Thursday, January 09, 2014
Edited: Friday, January 10, 2014

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  • Rookie - 8 Points Thomas Vaughan Jones (1/17/2014 5:42:00 PM)

    I don't believe that anyone with such a quirky sense of humour could be sad for too long.
    The words positively exude a tongue in cheek laughter. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,343 Points Roseann Shawiak (1/11/2014 4:00:00 AM)

    Great poem! Feel the same way about sadness, behind it is the joy before the loss.
    It's bittersweet loneliness of grief, still contains the beauty of the moments in the past,
    the images of memories treasured always by the heart. As you so aptly put it, here
    comes hopelessness - our long lost mother. I would add and there stands behind me
    abandonment - my long lost father. Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,443 Points Pradip Chattopadhyay (1/11/2014 12:31:00 AM)

    you make Lora sadness seem a sweet thing and not at all detestable!
    life becomes much easier to deal with that way. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 234 Points Shahzia Batool (1/10/2014 8:29:00 PM)

    Lora, let me share some of the lines from Coleridge which i like for the double-rhyme for that style i have found in yours,

    The guests are met, the feast is set.../
    The ship was cheered, the harbour cleared.../
    At length did cross, an albatross.../ etc, etc....

    your lines, esp. the 3rd one gave the same music and the feel...so nice read here, i enjoyed it! (Report) Reply

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