melancholics anonymous

if his head touched the pillow he would have died
so he wrote instead but there was no tune
no tune to croon for the words he made
“looks make the fellow,” some looker cried
so he hid instead but there was no room
no room to prune for the life he made

years rolled into the tomb
and he smiled a bloodless smile
better shut me that window,” he said
then wrote some more
but what for

if he skipped on the bellows he would have flied
but he sunk instead and there was no room
no room to swoon for the lull he made
“taste life’s harsh marrow,” some taster cried
so he starved instead and there was no tune
no room to croon for the lack he made

laughter rolled into the tomb
and he smiled a bloodless smile
joy’s an abstraction,” he said
then cried some more
but what for

if he plunked on a cello he would have sighed
but he frowned instead and there was no room
for croons to tune with the face he made
“hang on these gallows,” some hanger cried
so he did just that and there was no noon
just gloom in the room and the life he paid

death rolled into the tomb
and he smiled a bloodless smile
where’ve you been all my life?” he said
then hung some more
but what for

 

by TONY SINGLE
© All rights reserved 2008

79 thoughts on “melancholics anonymous

  1. I really enjoyed this!
    The rhythm and rhyme seemed quite jaunty… Something which starkly contrasted with the theme. They play off of each other and I have trouble pinpointing how seriously to take the end result. I like that!

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    • I’m delighted that you picked up on the stark contrast of form and content there. It’s definitely meant to leave you wondering whether to take it seriously or not. Thanks so much for reading and commenting! 🙂

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  2. Hi Tony! I see you “liked” a few of my latest creations, and I was interested in your writing style. I had to stop by to find out if perhaps we had some of the same interests. You had me drawn into this poem with the title. Great display of creativity and personality. I never did well with understanding poetry, but I really enjoyed your work. It definitely has depth and my personal favorite darkness. I truly enjoyed it, and will be reading more.

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    • It’s so good to meet you, Kelly. Thanks so much for visiting with us and reading some of my stuff. I appreciate that! I enjoy what I’ve seen so far in your online abode, and I’ve followed you so that I can be sure not to miss a thing! 😀

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