A Melancholy Evening

Ellie lied on her back awake

In her favourite rocking chair on the terrace

Closing her eyes nonchalantly to a scene opaque

At the time that love was a dangerous menace.

Those were the mirthful days spent in Paris

She reminisced about with a sigh of unalloyed bliss

When the sun shone a little brighter

The birds chirped sweet songs a little louder

The world seemed just a little better

For she’d fallen madly in love with him

And he’d fallen madly in love with her

From dawn to dusk, on a blithe whim

They laughed! They cried! They even were to conquer!

She was a beautiful, strong woman

Dare I say, she was not the common

Her spirits exceedingly fierce and free

He’d agree

Burning to ashes every immanent obstacle

The woman of his dreams was truly unstoppable

This is what he loved about Ellie

The ocean that she sometimes was. The fire that she interminably was.

He often brought her angel garden-fresh roses

As a token of his undying devotion

She always liked them red, full of fragrance

Adorned with her lover’s bruises

It was a shared love so faithfully immense

Timeless and beyond comparison.

Ellie and her darling had the best moments of their lives

Tucked in each other’s rapturous embrace

Unaware of society’s heartless knieves

Ever primed to cause their disgrace

To the world they were not made for each other

Albeit in God’s courtyard

They were young lovers bound together

In innocence, in good faith, without any guard.

To happen, it happened

Their separation unbearable

The ocean slowly dried up. The fire dozed off.

Lifeless, clueless

They both wandered in the wilderness.

A melancholy evening it was, though no different

When Ellie tried to bury all the old memories, all the scents

In the deepest recess of her heart as ornament

Knowing they wouldn’t be forgotten

Until a thousand new crescents.

Photography Credits: ‘The Happy Lovers’ by Jean-Honoré Fragonard 1760-65

Located At: Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena CA.


Author: The Little Mermaid

My soul is an enthralling mystery, delicately concocted with some chaos and a little glee.

120 thoughts on “A Melancholy Evening”

    1. So you have begun to write some poems. What ever you write or pen people accept with open arms. So much love you have created for yourself that,readers would be awaiting eagerly that no sooner a topic from yourself suddenly drop, that they could go through as quickly as possible and admire that, as they appreciate your beauty.

  1. Wow. You are a genuine poet.
    Please excuse me, I “borrowed” a line or two from it. A new love i am pursuing required a bit more than I possess organically.
    I just stole from you, but, this could be considered high compliment.
    Little Mermaid!



    1. Hello Roland, thanks for the wonderful review. I’m happy that you find passion in writing creative poetry. On a side note, as you’re a beginner, I’d advise you to draw inspiration from others while trying to keep it original as much as you can.

      All the best to you. I’ll drop by your blog to read your marvels. See you! X

  2. Gorgeous and well-written, loved how it placed us, the reader, into the passion of the piece, but also with a sense of place. And I think this writer, .. must be uncommon, nice work!

      1. Well, the “proper” (out the wndow with that in poetry) is lie (now) lay (past) however there are coloquial phrases in constant use that void those. My take, beyond “rules” was the past tense of “to lie” and not to do with becoming comfortable. In fact add a comma or a menal pause before “awake” and the piece takes on a satirical note. Just a thought, no big thing. Funny how timing and word choice can completely change the tone of a work.

  3. There is so often, a struggle, perpetrated by clever walking demons. I would not be surprised if, in a sequel, Ellie found him again- and the struggle turned out differently. I say this, having experienced it in my own life.

    1. Aw! I love happy endings in real life. In poetry/books/movies, I am very often drawn to sorrowful plots with star-crossed lovers. Weird, I know! Haha!

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I’m happy for you by the way. X

    1. Hi there, thank you so much for dropping by my site and commenting.

      As for the blog name, I get asked this interesting question a lot of times. I was actually inspired by the fact that I live in the magical island of Mauritius, which is surrounded by the turquoise sea. I also love swimming. I assume mythical mermaids would make Mauritius their permanent dwelling place, hence this name.

      Have a fantastic weekend.🤗

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  5. Passion! Shall I let passion reign? Someone told me it will always leave you disappointed in the end. And I told her that I don’t look for bliss eternal. To experience a moment of bliss is what I can hope for as a human being. And having experienced it, I may know how to let it catch me when it comes my way again. And if it doesn’t come my way – I’ll still know and feel I’ve been there. That’s good, isn’t it?

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