Jessel Jane Tevar

(December 6,1988 / Philippines)

*The Mourners

Weeping for ones who in darkness lie,
the ones who in distress have sold their helpless souls;
for ones who have been born only to die...
perhaps for ones they never knew at all.
At times in graveyard they bury their thoughts
as though in there the sentiments hide some sacred notes.
At times they and corpses alike must maintain
the silence of the grave...
I wonder what played beneath their heads
that made them scream a hollow cry
or that if ever in their solemn lips
float the shadows of a lie.
No one has been so desperate to cry as they...
finding reasons to fill their eyes with false tears
or making them real as they recall
the pain of all the years.
They mourn for others and sometimes for themselves;
they mourn perhaps for unwanted fears...
condemning, regretting, yet waiting
for the price after the tears.
I thought that life was different for those
who in silence mourn.
But then life's all the same-
for everything that dies has once been born.
Life is never different for them
who mourn in silence,
for everything that started must come to an end.
Just then, life's all the same-
I watched them from a distance,
pretending as they play the game.
Some think of them as crazy,
for some, ordinary fools.
They, are called THE MOURNERS
and I am one of them.

Submitted: Thursday, May 15, 2008
Edited: Tuesday, May 20, 2008

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  • Kesav Easwaran (12/23/2008 9:26:00 AM)

    'They mourn for others and sometimes for themselves;
    they mourn perhaps for unwanted fears...
    condemning, regretting, yet waiting
    for the price after the tears'...
    lines most striking of this excellent poem...deep and meaningful, Jane...good work...10 (Report) Reply

  • Colin J... (5/15/2008 7:56:00 AM)

    'ones who have been born only to die...'
    All of us...
    Beautiful but sad...
    Great poem
    All the Best,
    Colin J... (Report) Reply

  • Stone Granite (5/15/2008 7:39:00 AM)

    Jane - fabulous poem. I felt such a connection to it. ‘Weeping for one who in darkness lie’ is powerfully poignant. (Report) Reply

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