This poem is about a dramatic event in a person’s life – more specifically it is about a tragic end to a freshly tied knot.
There are many life-changing events that can occur in one’s life: terminal illness, the loss of a loved one, divorce etc.
These events fundamentally shake us to the core. It is like getting smacked in the face with a brick while out walking on a brilliant summer’s day.
There comes a time when we all embark on this voyage.
Denial – Anger – Bargaining – Grief – Acceptance
The tranquil bay echoed the lapping waves
softly unfolding onto a snow white beach
The moon was beaming at the tied knot:
the lovers’ swing and sway and sincere kiss
This was the night that was heaven, pure bliss
Peeling thunder ripped the heavens in two,
as waves ripped the screaming lovers apart
the moon was blanketed with a tempest
twin voices were drowned out, muted
And so began the day that he now refuted
He sat on the white beach until the sun shone.
And continued until the sad moon arrived.
His eyes were glazed over as he searched
for the peace of his now bleeding heart
turmoil and disbelief was prying it apart
On the second day he cursed the heavens
hurling his voice into an apathetic wind
sand pierced his lonely and bloodshot eyes
renouncing his religion, he began his voyage
with clenched fists, ready to kill, to pillage
Unkempt beard was the stranger on his face
with whom he would talk in cracked mirror
he would sacrifice his world for another day
in the arms of his bride, just for one more kiss
to feel that moment again: unbounded bliss
The dam wall cracked and burst. Tears flowed.
It was the sorrowful song his life now adopted
his hands were broken, his lips were cracked
his voice hoarse and shaken: deathly night came
Grief that came to paralyze and to maim
On top of the grassy hill with lush panorama
he places the daisies in the clear blue vase
a wry smile now touches his scarred face
as he is content with the crispy realization
that in heaven they would join hearts once more
Francois Hermanus Steyn – September 2012