Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Write an elegy (posted by Gail)
Today I’m presenting how to write an elegy. The word is derived from the Greek word elegus which means “song of bereavement.” An elegy is a poem written to lament the loss of someone or something special to you. It is a poem of mourning that expresses three stages of grief: sorrow, admiration and acceptance. Elegies can be written for a personal loss, a public figure or a particular event.
A picture of Mom on my desk.
At first I’d wake, and a hammer
of her loss would strike me at once.
Traumatic, death of a parent,
how I wish she had remained Mom
up to end of life. Dementia
ate at her words, tore at my heart.
We stayed up late watching old films,
with Joan Crawford, Bette Davis.
Sarcastic people, Mom and I,
making each other laugh. She worked,
and cared for two daughters, leaving
Dad instructions on how to heat
our dinner. She read, cooked, baked,
and loved to knit clothes for babies.
I did not inherit knitting.
I wake up somewhat easier
these days. When I sit at my desk,
I gaze at her photo, and smile.
There are days I say a few words
to Mom, because you never know.