A Word for the Heartbroken

Elegy is a word I only seem to hear when I’m in despair.  It’s a tribute, a eulogy, a mournful testament written or given for someone you loved.

Webster calls it a poem or serious reflection…typically a lament for the dead..lament, Latin for wail or weep.

I’ve been surrounded by loss keeping my heart in a sling hoping it will soon pass.

First Mimi, then a friend’s dear husband who was one of the kindest men I’ve ever known, slipping over the horizon while the rest of us are elegiac, elegy’s cousin dressed in her adjective best.

It’s a requiem for the departed, a woeful wail for the lost with sister words like sorrowful, melancholy, plaintive and grieved.

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was an elegy.

It’s meant to comfort and soothe the heartbroken and forlorn left behind.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be in words either. Think of a bagpiper mewling, expressing what one’s mourners cannot.

The word elegy can only be applied to the very poignant and painful, desolate and sad, which I guess is why we don’t encounter her too often since, she only shows up for very special occasions.     





About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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16 Responses to A Word for the Heartbroken

  1. Pingback: Loss (Poetry) | Simplicity Lane

  2. Steve says:

    My response to your heartfelt post is the poem Loss, which I wrote and posted after reading it.
    https://simplicitylane.wordpress.com/2018/05/31/loss-poetry/ Steve


  3. So sorry for your loss. Sometimes nature seems to pile it on. Beautiful choice of words.

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  4. I remember that I learned the word elegiac from you before. This is such a beautiful piece, Susannah. Your words have so much poetry about them.

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  5. Musical pieces with the title of Elegy are often very beautiful in a haunting way. Your words are the same.

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  6. The hymn Make Me A Channel of Your Peace takes my heart and yanks it hard enough to open the floodgates in my tear ducts. Elegy in it’s the highest form for me. Hope your spirits get a boost sooner rather than later. This weather is not helping matters.

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  7. Death, while no friend of mine, has become a lesser evil since I changed and refined my beliefs. The book I have mentioned before, “Dying to be Me,” by Anita Moorjani totally changes the way I see all of life and of death. I recommend it to anyone suffering from … anything.


  8. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I’ve also experience the deep despair when too many loved ones are taken within a short time period. The heart simply cannot bear so much grief. I hope you are able to find strength and enough sunshine to weather the tempest and sail into safe harbor again.
    The flowers are now in bloom, the grass is green again, and nature is celebrating by sending little babies to every species. All are waiting to send happiness into your heart again.

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