Arcadia - by Patrick Fiorilli

Arcadia - by Patrick Fiorilli

A Poem by The Charles Carter: a working anthology

Somber and reflective, but also bright and distinctly unique, "Arcadia" by Patrick Fiorilli is a jarring look at loss and where it leaves you. Featuring artwork by Emily Yue. Enjoy.


These days I can but contemplate,

The questions left in life,

Like what you would have done with me

Had I been first to die.

Would you have sneaked me to the coast

And left me by the sea,

That I’d be swept away when next

The tide enveloped me?

Mayhap you would have dragged me through

The woods in search of caves,

Until you found one snug enough

To make a homely grave.

Or yet would you have climbed atop

Some frozen, rocky peak,

And left me in the snow to hear

The heavens softly speak?

Then when the search was over with,

You’d keep the spot in mind,

So when your time was over too,

We’d both be there enshrined.

But look upon my failure, dear,

The box I put you in,

Was never meant to hold a life

As bright as yours has been.

You rest now at the foot of what

Would seem a pleasant hill,

But Oh! the sleep you could have had

Were I of stronger will.

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Added on December 3, 2015
Last Updated on December 3, 2015
Tags: arcadia, patrick fiorilli, death, loss, burial, marriage, love, will, hill, Charles Carter, The Charles Carter