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Sorrow's Song
by Melissa C. Rives

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He held my heart in hands that shook
like fragile wind-blown limbs
bending in a pre-storm breeze.
Carefully, he let it go
into the gentle sands of time
where it still beats.
A noble gesture, after all…

I still remember how connected
we once were
before the falling
of our tears
had drowned our souls.
Before the emptiness that came.

I try to find this source of distance
that has grown,
that has leapt into the throat
with songs of sorrow.

It leaves me cold
to know that I can only say…
that I have loved and lost
and loved and lost again.

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Reviewed by L. Figgins
Poignant song of loves speak of him letting you go with tenderness and it's nobility. Yes, it is noble, for such cruelty can ensue at the end of a relationship. The pain is measurebly the same, though. You allow us to feel that pain, Melissa...
Reviewed by Fritz Barnes
This is very touching. Very well done.

(It reminds me of a joke that I think is very funny, but I won't share it here and ruin the mood of your page. Email me if you think a little humor might be therapeutic. :)


Reviewed by Dan Zuewski (Reader)
Beautiful, sorrowful piece... I love that third stanza
"I try to find this source of distance
that has grown,
that has leapt into the throat
with songs of sorrow."
It works fantastically... you really feel that distance in the throat there... where are you? I miss your writing. :(
Reviewed by Aamie Burnley
What are u doing with urself these days?
Reviewed by Tami Ryan
This touched me to the core. So well expressed.
Excellent opening and closing lines; just beautiful, Melissa.
I sure do miss reading your work. I hope you're well.

Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain
A well-crafted, touching piece - thanks for sharing your inner thoughts!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
There is much truth expressed in this soulful creation of yours and I can relate to it very well. Thank you, Melissa. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Lori Moore
Very nice.
Reviewed by jude forese
i always say, better to love and have lost it than to not have loved at all ...

escellent poem ....
Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader)
This is excellent in every way. From each heart string you pull to the tears that you make run down a face. You took us there and back. You have some outrageously FINE! FINE! images!!! ALWAYS you do. This right here is Dickinsonish to me:

"It leaves me cold
to know that I can only say…
that I have loved and lost
and loved and lost again."

This ending just ripped my heart out. BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL work! I didn't know that something that could hurt so bad could ever be turned into something --BEAUTIFUL---! WOW.

Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie
So beautiful and deeply sad, this touched my heart so deeply this morning,

Reviewed by Amor Sabor
There is such beauty in these verses that transcends the pain of loving and losing love, warmed only in the sunlight of memory. But you know as well as I, that the sun shall always continue to shine into our hearts and souls. You are correct, you have been away too long, I, too, miss your work.
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader)
I felt this one Melissa...great touching write...lovely glad to see you posting..hope all is well with you...bless you...floria
Reviewed by andrea coltman
This is beautiful..ah love... better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all..not that it ever makes you feel better but I'm sure you understand the sentiments, definitely can empathise with wishes Andrea
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
"Sorrow's Song" sings what was felt in the heart on the cadence of the music of love.

This poem, "Sorrow's Song" I list as one of Your masterpieces.

Healthy Long Life, Poet!

Thank You for making the difference, and for sharing Your art and thoughts.


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Beautiful write, Melissa; always enjoy hearing from you! (((HUGS))) to you, and (((HUGS))) to Cody, Hannah, and Mitch! Give 'em all my love! Love, your Tx. friend, Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Very heart touching write Melissa!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader)
a heart touching write, Melissa! I love the emotive effects in this poem..sounds so real..

Reviewed by ya mama (Reader)
Reviewed by Paul Berube
Melissa, missed your beautiful poetry. This is quite different for you, I think. I was looking for rhymed verses. Well constructed piece and a pleasure to read.
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Melissa so good to read you again! This is so bittersweet, it makes the heart ache, a superb write!
Reviewed by ♥ Kari Hirshey ♥ (Reader)
I hope this is a fictional piece as well! :-/ but a wonderful write, nonetheless... wonderful emotions and imagery in this piece! thanks for sharing!
~Kari Anne~
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
Hope this is fiction. Excellent poetry for sure..
Have missed ya!
Reviewed by Kate Clifford
Heart touching, wonderful write.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead
powerful, poignant read
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray
incredibly beautuful
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader)
How beautifully put, Melissa, and I am sure I will
be echoing the thoughts of many other poets here on
AD...when I say it was felt deeply by the reader.
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