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482: On the Necessity of Sadness

"On the Necessity of Sadness"
Mikael de Lara Co

Let me tell you about longing.
Let me presume that I have something
new to say about it, that this room,
naked, its walls pining for clocks,
has something new to say
about absence. Somewhere
the crunch of an apple, fading
sunflowers on a quilt, a window
looking out to a landscape
with a single tree. And you
sitting under it. Let go,
said you to me in a dream,
but by the time the wind
carried your voice to me,
I was already walking through
the yawning door, towards
the small, necessary sadnesses
of waking. I wish
I could hold you now,
but that is a line that has
no place in a poem, like the swollen
sheen of the moon tonight,
or the word absence, or you,
or longing. Let me tell you about
longing. In a distant country
two lovers are on a bench, and pigeons,
unafraid, are perching beside them.
She places a hand on his knee
and says, say to me
the truest thing you can.
I am closing my eyes now.
You are far away.


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 25th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Title's actually "On the Necessity of Sadness" but what's been going around is this one.

Nonetheless, it's one of my favorites. Thanks for posting. <3
Apr. 25th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you for correcting me.
Apr. 25th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
i really love this.
Apr. 25th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is the first poem that's brought me to tears when I can't even personally relate to the subject. It's completely beautiful, thank you for posting it!
Apr. 25th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Wonderful poem.
Apr. 25th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
That's beautiful...
Apr. 26th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
i really enjoyed this...
Apr. 26th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
This writer is a Filipino poet. He keeps a blog where he sometimes posts poetry too. Just sharing in case anyone wants to read more of his work. =)

I loved the language and quiet loneliness of this poem.
Apr. 27th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
hey. thanks for posting this. is this lj managed by a filipino too?

- mikael
Apr. 27th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
No. I'm from the U.S.
Apr. 28th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
simple, beautiful and sad. Thank you.
Sep. 28th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
This is lovely. Thank you.
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