Memories Evoke a Painful Joy

Music: Who Is at My Window Weeping.
Sequenced by Barry Taylor.

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Memories evoke a painful joy,
Evoke a harsh and bitter tenderness.
Maybe that's the price of happiness:
One loves what time or tempest will destroy.
Remember, then, those whom you have loved
In mingled joy and sorrow. Sing a song
As beautiful as is your love, and mourn
Like one who is by some chance blessing moved.
Days of mourning are a celebration,
A dance whose healing grace sustains relation,
Yielding grief that will redemptive prove.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

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