She was the joy of my youth (Elegy)

She was the joy of my youth (Elegy)

A Poem by Michael R. Burch

She was the joy of my youth
by Michael R. Burch

. . . qui laetificat juventutem meam . . .
She was the joy of my youth,
and now she is gone.
. . . requiescat in pace . . .
May she rest in peace.
. . . amen . . .
Amen.

NOTE: I was touched by this Latin prayer, which I discovered in a novel that I read as a teenager. I decided to incorporate it into a poem, which I started in high school and revised as an adult. This was my first translation. From what I now understand, “ad deum qui laetificat juventutem meam” means “to the God who gives joy to my youth” but I am sticking with my original interpretation: a lament for a little girl at her funeral. Keywords/Tags: Latin, translation, elegy, eulogy, epitaph, lament, prayer, hymn, joy, sorrow, bereavement, requiescat, pace, rest, peace, amen, death, funeral, grave, youth, young, girl, daughter, father, loss, lost




Our English Rose

by Michael R. Burch


for Christine Ena Burch


The rose is�"

the ornament of the earth,

the glory of nature,

the archetype of the flowers,

the blush of the meadows,

a lightning flash of beauty.


This is my loose translation/interpretation of a Sappho epigram.

© 2020 Michael R. Burch


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Added on March 9, 2020
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Tags: elegy, eulogy, epitaph, Latin, translation, lament, prayer, hymn, joy, sorrow, bereavement, requiescat, pace, rest, peace, amen, death, funeral, grave, youth, young, girl, daughter, father, loss, lost