Epitaph Upon A Dream (For Tender Hearts)

28 November 2008

When everything’s all wrong
And, in that life that you imagined,
Someone else now plays your part,
Sings the same unsuspecting song
Now lingering in your memory,
A dirge for all that will not be—

When the sight of the unobtained
Brings longing’s cold and bitter fire,
The black despair of condemned desire
By God and man alike disdained,
Back to your heart, and secret tears
Burst forth when no one else can hear—

And when the pledge of love was glibly made
And at last you thought your heart would rest,
The words now echo in your ears
And, evidence of trust betrayed,
Stand an epitaph upon the dream
Now buried here by hope’s deceit—

Weep—and know I weep with you.

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