La Tristesse (The Sadness)

by Mike (Binary Rhyme) Heffernan, 1998

Download La Tristesse.mp3

Friendshipimage

A rare thing,
an easily shared road.
No second guesses…
Fun, pure and solid.

Something we’d bet on
if it ever came up.
It doesn’t,
and we do.

Love

Slippery slope that –
slid down a silver hill,
landed in roses,
drowned in petals.

Not the best idea…
now the only one.
Borne in stoic silence
unrequited.

Sadness

Damn fool tongue this,
still for years.
Another slip
makes a tearing sound.

A gambler’s loss
with nothing to double down.
Just a wounded space
for us both.

Anger

Hunt a predator…
an insensitive to blame.
Loss demands justice.
Rage is a protective blanket.

Death and madness on the walls!
Rally to the defense!
No-one to fight
but phantoms.

Sadness

Tired…
so tired.
Empty…
so empty.

No blame in tragedy.
No conspiracy of injury.
Innocents and
an ill-fated passing.


“For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, ‘It might have been’.” – John Greenleaf Whittier

This poem has a companion instrumental piece in five sections (download provided). Each section of the piece matches a pair of stanzas in the poem. The concept is loosely based (exceptionally loosley) on the symphonic poem. It tells the story of a friendship that became an ill-fated, unrequited love.

Photo: Shades of Ozmandias