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Sorrow Is an Old Friend to Me

Updated on May 23, 2022
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Artist, actor, poet, teacher, songwriter & actor with 4,000 poems & almost 1,000 songs written, performed recorded & published on line.

Sorrow comes around to haunt us all

Sorrow can be painful or healing but my God the process

Sorrow Is An Old Friend To Me.

Sorrow is an old friend to me,
he hangs around my house
as if he belongs here.
He tugs at my smiles trying hard
to pull them down.
The muscles strain,
yet smiles hold most of the times
but just as often they don't.
Frowns appear on my lips
and on my forehead
and in my posture as well. 

I bend beneath his hugs of pain
in a dark corner of my mind.
He throws parties when love dies,
his grey streamers hung below my eyes
are the color of tears,
the balloons are all black
and very much deflated.
The stereo only plays angry words,
over and over again
and shadows dance
with fevered paces to
the litany of its sounds.
He has stood by me when love
slowly vanished from
the eyes of those I cherish.
Years of companionship lost
in a sea of tears and then sunk
in the liqud hollows of my eyes.
He had an all out banger
when my Mom died.
She was manic depressive
flattened to a bookmark in
her collection of good memories. 
He was extremely close to her too,
but then she was gone 60 years
and a flick of her life support switch.
I signed the disconnect order,
but he guided my hand.
He followed me home where
he threw a wake..but I wasn't .
He always seems to know
when I'm vulnerable that's usually when
he brings friends of his over
to stay for awhile
They stain the carpet of my soul
with their their heady concoctions.
They trash the orderly progression of my life.
Things get shattered like my
heart, tattered like my dreams
and battered like my soul
Then calm arrives, usually
unexpectedly for just awhile.
Doors slam, the unwanted disappear
and the sunlight creeps in
until all is well again.
Though I can still see sorrow
peeping in the gaps between
the curtains on my windows,
waiting for an opening,
faithful to the end,
sorrow is my oldest friend.

© 2009 Matthew Frederick Blowers III


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