Monthly Archives: March 2009

Mourning a loss

Learning of the tragic death of the brilliant and beautiful Natasha Richardson reminded me of the imminent anniversaries of my own family’s devastating losses. This time of year—being the Lenten season—is a somber one in general, but it is all the more so for my children and me. Their father died, unexpectedly, on Good Friday 2003, and two of their dearest friends lost their lives, just four days apart, in late March/early April of 2006. 

As the dates of these sad events creep ever closer, I find myself seeking solace in the comfort of words penned by others. How happy I was to discover this poem written by Keats called “Faery Song”. From what I gather, the words to this poem inspired David N. Childs’s haunting composition “Weep No More,” a beautiful rendition of which can be heard on this video clip.

Shed no tear! oh, shed no tear!
The flower will bloom another year.
Weep no more! oh, weep no more!
Young buds sleep in the root’s white core.
Dry your eyes! oh, dry your eyes!
For I was taught in Paradise
To ease my breast of melodies,–
Shed no tear.

Overhead! look overhead!
‘Mong the blossoms white and red–
Look up, look up! I flutter now
On this fresh pomegranate bough.
See me! ’tis this silvery bill
Ever cures the good man’s ill.
Shed no tear! oh, shed no tear!
The flower will bloom another year.
Adieu, adieu–I fly–adieu!
I vanish in the heaven’s blue,–
Adieu, adieu!

    ~ John Keats