“Melpomene” by Jack M. Freedman

Muse of the tragic play.
Bearer of the tragic mask.
You ring in the literature
That brings morbidity.
Each piece is a memento mori,
A reminder that we are mortal.
A hint that even the mightiest heroes
Fall sometimes.
Let us ponder you.
Let us find peace in the inevitability
Of death.
You know tragedy will befall us eventually,
But that it need not be a total loss,
But a gain of the elders.




Jack M. Freedman is a poet and spoken word artist from Staten Island, NY. He is the author of …and the willow smiled and Art Therapy 101 (Cyberwit.net, 2019). Publications featuring his work span the globe.