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Ode to Lamentation


What is it makes us yearn?

Lonely in peculiar ways?

Is it only hearts of Romantics

That connect to life’s gauzy haze?


What of a past we must give up?

Nights in love’s joyous cloud?

Is it so simple to pass and merely

Become one with the crowd?


What mocks us most in life?

The mistakes we made in our pace?

The glory that might have been?

Or the wrinkles upon our face?


Does dimension lie beyond this orb?

Does Heaven or Hell Await?

Tis written, ‘ours not to know’?

Doth then we yield to fate?


©Billy Ray Chitwood – April 6, 2019

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14 comments on “Ode to Lamentation

  1. Another thought-provoking piece, Billy Ray. Well done.

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    1. Thanks much, good John. ♥

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  2. Gwen Plano says:

    Lamentations seem to accompany the latter years of one’s life. Perhaps it’s because we have the time to pause, to look back. Perhaps it’s because life has helped us see the ramifications of the choices we have made or avoided. Your beautiful poem has given me much to think about. ♥

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    1. Ah, thank you, Dear Gwen, for your lovely response. Your words mean a lot to me. ♥♥


  3. D.L Finn, Author says:

    A beautiful poem that makes us think!

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    1. Thank you, Denise, for your response. Have a wonderful week ahead. ♥♥

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      1. D.L Finn, Author says:

        Thank you, you as well!

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  4. balroop2013 says:

    I would say…Musings, not Lamentation, as nothing could mock us now Billy. Heaven or Hell? Who knows but we won’t be alive to see! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Balroop, for responding. Have a great week ahead. ♥

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  5. I figure there must be a reason we’re not wired to “know” what’s on the other side. But I think I’ve been there – too fast – a time or two. I think it’s beyond wonderful.

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    1. Your last line gives me hope! Yet, I’ve been such a scoundrel in this orbiting venture! ♥


  6. eden baylee says:

    Well written, Billy Ray. xox

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    1. Thanks, sweet lady…♥xo

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