Early On, There's a Point to Regret

Music: Fugue in D minor.
By Dimitri Shostakovich. Sequenced by J. Marques

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Nicholas Gordon

Early on, there's a point to regret:
In creative pain, one can make changes.
Grief is a wild, foolish, helpless rebellion,
Heart against stone, desire smashing against
The locked fact, the impenetrable event,
Yielding nothing but the wash back into life.

For one who grieves, there's no point to regret:
One lives through pain, it's not a time for changes,
Undoing in one's heart what one must accept in life,
Repositioning the precise stones one smashes and smashes against.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

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