All sadness does not lead to song,
all gloom cànnot make a poem;
there is too much sadness in the world
for that, and too much gloom.
Most misery cannot be told,
most torment cannot shed a tear;
they lie simply in the breast:
wordless, soundless, unremarked.
Let them live there if they must,
do not mine them for a song;
there is sorrow beyond reach —
to speak of it would be wrong.
Sing, instead, some happy song
you listened to when you were young;
let all immured sorrow know —
outside there is delighting.
(written ca. late 2015)
For more about the poem, see notes.