Poem ‘Brief’


Of the class of ’77
to my mind you were the best

Diamond moments
in empty halls,
instruments lying at your mercy,

each note, every chord
an affable smile
pavilioned in memory

How could you
be so brief,
this grief be so long?

image and poem Β© copyright dfbarker 2012



  1. Caddo Veil · March 16, 2012

    I really love this poem–Rich, moving. “Diamond moments” is exceptional!


  2. Three Well Beings · March 16, 2012

    We lost two old friends this week…the poem takes on some personal meaning. Poetry softens the edges a bit, I think, not because the image isn’t sharp, but because in poetry there is a sense that some of life’s passages are just shared by everyone. Your words of loss and grief imply you know something about that, too. I come back regularly to see how you put words to things we all experience but don’t have the ability to say in a meaningful way. Debra


  3. Ina · March 16, 2012

    Hi David
    you had a great year I think πŸ™‚


  4. lostupabove · March 16, 2012

    Hello, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile blogger award. More details her: http://wp.me/p1ZC80-G2
    Love, Steph


  5. neelthemuse · March 16, 2012

    This one speaks to me…thank you….


  6. magsx2 · March 16, 2012

    Very sad, but written so beautifully.


  7. Eve Redwater · March 16, 2012

    Something very tender and sad about this one. I feel it, it’s wonderfully striking.


  8. sarahdorrance · March 16, 2012

    I so loved your poem. It so resonates with me. I have not been blogging as my everyday friend died in a flash flood without saying goodbye, but I have been reading your blog and have seen at least two of your poems that have made me feel connected in grief.
    Best, Sarah


  9. Christy Birmingham · March 16, 2012

    Oooh the last three lines are great! Memories can last so long… Well done.


  10. Eclipse · March 16, 2012

    … a lovely one David, sad or happy…itΒ΄s for the reader to decide…I’m sure every single one felt warmth within your words, and was drowned into a cloud of memories…. (well…at least I was… :))


  11. dfb · March 16, 2012

    Thank you – I appreciate it.


  12. dfb · March 16, 2012

    Hi – sorry to hear about your loss. Yes, this is about a school friend. Thank you Debra, I appreciate your comments.


  13. dfb · March 16, 2012

    Thank you Ina!


  14. dfb · March 16, 2012

    Thank you Steph! I am honoured!


  15. dfb · March 16, 2012

    Thanks very much!!!


  16. dfb · March 16, 2012

    Thank you again Mags.


  17. dfb · March 16, 2012

    Thank you Eve – I appreciate your comments. πŸ™‚


  18. dfb · March 16, 2012

    Sarah, thank you, I’m glad I might have helped a little bit with your grief. Best wishes, David.


  19. dfb · March 16, 2012

    Christy, you are very kind, thank you!


  20. dfb · March 16, 2012

    Thank you very much! Yes, I remember this person vividly, so much talent, suddenly gone.


  21. claudia · March 16, 2012

    sounds like music, summer and love…and how could we ever forget…no matter how brief..made me somehow think of “summer of 69″…nice…humming…smiles


  22. I am feeling you, my friend! its beautiful!


  23. Three Well Beings · March 17, 2012

    I wasn’t sure but that I could have been in a place where I was putting too much of my own week behind the poem. It is a beautiful piece. D


  24. Soma Mukherjee · March 17, 2012

    This is so beautiful David.Its is just the way life is, people come and go and they leave these imprints behind in every thing, even on our soul and every now and then a breeze brings those memories gushing back to us..


  25. dfb · March 17, 2012

    Thank you so much, Wendell!


  26. dfb · March 17, 2012

    Thank you so much!


  27. dfb · March 17, 2012

    Thank you Soma! You are so right about ‘imprints’. πŸ™‚


  28. Laurel's Reflections · March 17, 2012

    ‘How could you
    be so brief,
    this grief be so long?’

    Oh how this pulls at my heartstrings! Magical, moving, wonderful…


  29. dfb · March 17, 2012

    Thank you very much, Laurel!


  30. Betty Hayes Albright · March 18, 2012

    Those last three lines are a power-punch, David. Great poem!


  31. lscotthoughts · March 19, 2012

    So beautiful in a melancholy way, David, and I, too, can relate to your words~


  32. dfb · March 19, 2012

    Thank you Lauren!


  33. Russell Smith · March 19, 2012

    Why is pleasure so brief and sorrow so long?


  34. dfb · March 19, 2012

    Thank you for your comment!


  35. granbee · March 19, 2012

    Beautifully perfect ode to a lost, musically gifted classmate! I have one or two such remembrances.


  36. dfb · March 20, 2012

    Thank you Granbee! πŸ™‚


  37. bardessdmdenton · March 22, 2012

    A poignant memory and tribute. The guitar took on the embodiment of your loss…


  38. dfb · March 22, 2012

    Thank you, I appreciate it.


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