Frederick Kesner

Bronze Star - 2,567 Points (28 August / St. Thomas University Hospital)

Should I Tell You Not

Poem by Frederick Kesner

Should I tell you the story
When this night has given way to light?
It will but torment the tormented
This story too old to be told.

I tried to write about it
But it doesn't need retelling
It demand to be released from within
The core of you, of me, of all the living.

Should I tell you the story
When the dawn has given way to day?
I am not anointed to disclose
This story too old to be told.

Don't fret, listen with your heart;
Don't seek their meaning within or without,
Neither are they to be sought nor found;
You will listen but not understand.

I can't tell you that story
For the night gave way to a fateful day;
You will hear and not understand,
That story torments those who know.


Topic(s) of this poem: storm, story

Form: Free Verse

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 13, 2018