E is for Elegy (#AtoZ 2023)

Elegy is a form of poetry that reflects on death or loss


For those that have been following me regularly, you know that I’ve had the unfortunate opportunity to write a number of elegiacal poems of late with the passing of loved ones. I don’t have the strength to write a new one at this time. We are still in the mourning period for my parents-in-law and the pain remains raw. Here is an elegy I wrote last year, originally published in my book From Here: poems inspired by poetry.

Dancing to the Blues Upon the Morning’s Light

For John and all those that love him

He did not hear the sun set.
Did not see the musical sounds of evening.
Or feel the moon’s light upon his gently shut eyelids.
Or return the touch of love upon his heart.

Or so it would seem to an observer’s eye.

Through the lens of love we witness
Him dancing to the blues upon the morning’s light;
Lifting his face to feel the warmth of a new spring;
Fiercely protecting his loved ones in an eternal embrace;
And smiling while saying “Ho-hum”
To the wonder and beauty of the moment.

“E” in Zapfino Typeface
Zapfino “E” Found Pattern

Be well,


  1. Ula says:

    Very moving. I’m amazed by the shape you’ve come up with from E. It’s beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thank you Ula. I really appreciate that.


  2. Beth says:

    A very from-the-heart poem and creative letters.


    Liked by 1 person

    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks so much for your kind comment and stopping by!


  3. I like the poem and the image both.

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  4. murisopsis says:

    Beautifully said!

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