From my departing train
My sad thoughts wanted rain
Already missing you
Despite knowing what we must do
But your love wanted one last word
You sent out a request some thought absurd
To light these lanterns and let them float
A blanket of wishes, an antidote
For the disease of despair, the loss of hope
To counter regret that we didn’t elope
I picture you standing on your balcony
Alone with your power, your only company
But regret and despair are the feelings you hold
You wouldn’t be wishing if you were only bold
Enough to reject the title you’re given
But I understand the way you are driven
And respect your choice of responsibility
I’m only sad that it didn’t include me.
This blanket of lights, a beautiful view
As I sit on the train and bid you adieu.
I love when two inspirations come together! Hélène photo has so many rich details but the ones that captured my eye were the leaving train (on the bridge on the right) and the man standing on the balcony (on the left). Coupled with Patrick’s words of “a paradox so comforting”, the idea of a blanket of lanterns and what that might comfort popped into my head. And thus the story of this poem came to be.
©️ iido 2019