Forgotten River

Forgotten River

A Poem by Amanda Patschke

After a young man's tragic death, he descends to the underworld and drinks from the Lethean River. When the woman he loves dies as well she sees that he has forgotten her but tries not to forget him.


Verse 1

Why should I seek thy riverine

Lest I were wont to forget?

Haste not thy tempting to me.

From my ignorance thou shalt forfeit.



He is but a ghost.

I know it in my heart.

For I was since froze

And shattered into shards.

So now I am just pieces of broken glass.



My eyes are lost in placidness.

Thou see I naught pray for less.

Though I come near to dip my hands,

I must still fear the cost that does stand.


Verse 2

When I go down to thy side

Silvery water whispers to me.

Come to me thou sayest from the tide.

I shalt not grant thee his last memory. 

© 2014 Amanda Patschke

Author's Note

Amanda Patschke
How do you interpret these lyrics? Why does the woman compare herself to broken glass? Why does the River of Lethe try to persuade her to forget about her past lover? The Lethean River is a river in the underworld from Greek mythology that takes away the memories of all who drink from it. How does the archaic language change the song?

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I think the river survives on memories...therefore it tries to entice all who approach it. The woman's heart was shattered by her love...leaving her in pieces. I also sense the woman is undecided about losing the memory of him...and therefore is cautious in her approach. The language is suitable considering the mythological reference.

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Added on October 10, 2009
Last Updated on May 8, 2014
Tags: poem, lyrics, love, romance, fantasy, myth, gothic


Amanda Patschke
Amanda Patschke

Pearland, TX

School: Pearland High School '11 San Jacinto South College University of Houston Central Sex: Female Birthday: February 23, 1993 Siblings: one older sister Political Views: Republican Rel.. more..