General Poetry posted November 9, 2014

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Iambic Tetrameter

Sorrow's Solace

by Just2Write

Sorrow’s Solace.

Down by the banks she walked away
from all the darkness of her day.
Though sad of heart she moved along;
each footstep tuned to nature’s song.
She sought that place where comfort dwelled
and in her sorrow felt compelled
to soothe the aching in her breast;
to seek out solace was her quest.
She saw bright lilies on the lake
and heard a goldfinch in the break.
She wondered if he heard her too
And knew what she resolved to do.
She’d planned this day for oh so long
and hurried on the path along
the well-worn trail she knew so well
beside still waters of the dell.
Her chiffon gown was purest white
adorned with pearls of hope despite
old widow’s lore that pearls bring tears.
She shed none now, she had no fears.
Then to the lake, with purpose went
where her reflection gently bent
and joined the willow’s weeping there,
as though it shared her dark despair
and once afloat, the water curled
her weightless hair, that gently swirled
to frame her form in water’s grace
while rapture shone upon her face. 
Wind rustled through the willow’s leaves
that fell like tears from one who greaves
and brushed her lips, then softly sighed
the name Ophelia as she died.


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Ophelia was the wife of Hamlet, in Shakespeare's play 'Hamlet, Prince of Denmark' The story did not reveal if Ophelia committed suicide, or if she drowned accidentally, although it alluded to the possibility that she did commit suicide as a way out of her grief.
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