Continuing with the Beatitudes from the book of Matthew, the next short poem in this cycle deals with Jesus’ statement: “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”
This poem is written in dactylic tetrameter followed by dactylic trimeter: /xx/xx/xx/xx . . ./xx/xx/. A dactyl is a stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables. I chose the dactylic triple meter since it gives the poem a forward, almost rolling motion that, for me, fits the subject; it’s the feeling of wave upon wave of grief washing over a mourner during a time of deep sadness. The form for “They That Mourn” is ABAB.
“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”
Crying for wrongs that can never be right
or for those who have left you alone,
Counting your trespasses, weeping, contrite,
when the news of the day makes you groan.
Sorrow for evil, lamenting injustice,
bemoaning the state of mankind,
Earnestly troubled, concerned and nonplussed
at the mess we are leaving behind.
You are the fortunate, all you who mourn;
oh, yes, you are the blesséd who grieve.
Though you are stricken, distressed and forlorn,
yet your Comforter’s here to relieve.