It is an unaccountable relief
To realize your feelings of ennui,
Which you had first attributed to grief,
Comes from a cause more elementary.
Death anniversaries must needs recur,
But while they may engender melancholy,
With passing time they cause less of a stir,
So blaming them for fretfulness is folly.
To pinpoint the determinant does not
Make one’s frustrations easy to conceal,
And yet one can take comfort in the thought
That they’re not caused by anything that’s real.
I’ve every expectation this malaise
Will not endure past five to seven days.