Written for: Poetic Bloomings2, InForm Poet – Elegy
“Today we re-visit the Elegy. An elegy is a song or poem of sorrow or mourning–often for someone who has died. But, since poets exercise our license, we can also write elegies for the ends of things: a life, a love affair, a great year or era, a sports season, camping trip, conversations, etc. In one of his songs, Paul McCartney wrote of “The End of the End”.
This “form” is more about content, since there is no specific pattern, scheme or meter. So write an Elegy to no end and give tribute or a proper send off.”
From the last thin stretch
of sand, we watched ocean water
retreat further and further.
Relentless ribbons of heat
rose and shimmered white. No
relief in sight. As we said
our farewells to beauty, life’s
necessities, and tolerable
temperatures, we knew the end
had come for us as well.