73rd Letter to a Poet
The flare and flamboyance
of this New England October
will diminish to a brittle cipher,
will petrify to cold severity,
will harden into doctrine,
A year of losses it has been:
intimate deaths, sundered loves,
faith punchdrunk and tottering.
Who can bear this cacophony---
riot of grief and grudge,
stifled cry of thwarted aspirations,
collapse of dreams held dear?
You will know dark days.
You will endure
the mortal agony of cherished hopes.
Amid the wreckage of your consolation,
you will learn to live.
Poetry by Thomas DeFreitas
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Written on 2018-10-04 at 06:00
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