Sadness you are always

with me, even in my peace,

and even in the pleasures

and joys of life.


You are my soulful companion

on the journey that I take

because you always remind me

of life’s deepest hurts and

the losses that invariably

attend the gains.


And you are the blues that

takes me deep and helps me

reflect on and write about

the pain that paints this life,

and the striving for the good

that is a quest from sadness

as much as love.