Poem with an explanation: There is joy

There is joy,
for nothing is the same.

no matter what,
all was lost.

no matter what,
all is won.

Floating in nothingness,
seeing it all crumble,
realizing it will be burned,
it made the greatest endeavors,
into sand castles.

But here,
but now,
but after unspeakable triumph,
all has meaning,
all has purpose,
all has fulfilment.

There is joy,
for nothing is the same.


Yesterday was Easter (Pascha).  Happy Easter!  Easter, is what this poem’s about.

The poem examines the reality of life and death before The Resurrection and after.  The poem follows a pattern of before and after.

In terms of the pattern, the stanzas are: 1st – after, 2nd – before, 3rd – after, 4th – before, 5th – after, 6th – after.

The poem uses the alternation found in stanzas 2 – 5 to compare and contrast the reality of life and death before and after The Resurrection.  It talks about a sense of meaninglessness (before) and a sense of meaning (after).

In terms of form, the poem is six stanzas.  Stanzas 1 and 6 are the same.  Stanzas 2 and 3 follow a pattern.  In stanza 5, the first three lines start with “but” and the last three start with “all has”.

Happy Easter!