tearful nights

Linking to dVerse poetics where Amaya asks us to “cry me a river” with music.


why do i love you still

so deeply it hurts?

cry of man’s solo voice

breaks lonely hearts

sigh of flute’s minor-keyed

lament clearly haunts

try to release emotion in

sealed letters unsent

nigh insane from promised

satin nights unspent

fly to LOVE himself, the

primal truth unbent.


For me, this old song is crying put to music. To love is to be vulnerable and to risk not being reciprocated…but we love anyway and love is real; powerful, often painful.

The Moody Blues first recorded this song in 1967 and here they reunited to sing it again years later.

In my youthful innocence, I first thought the words were “knights in white satin” πŸ™‚Β  I play flute so I’m drawn to the instrument’s mellow sound.

For believers, love songs can also reflect God’s amazing love for us!

24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lona Gynt
    Jun 15, 2019 @ 14:15:27

    I also love the quiet beautiful sensuality in the poem, the longing, and the recourse to turn to the source of love, the circle that binds all the wonderful sensual soup of creation into meaning in God’s arms, letters unsent, the knwlge of a need before we utter it, and the circular ascending soundtrack, good choice, so well done.


  2. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Jun 07, 2019 @ 15:43:21

    Sealed letters unsent… sigh


  3. BjΓΆrn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jun 06, 2019 @ 10:47:04

    There is such a wonderful heartache in such a song.


  4. rivrvlogr
    Jun 06, 2019 @ 09:52:02

    Nights in White Satin has such a haunting feel to it. Your words play on that, while adding even more depth.


  5. lillian
    Jun 06, 2019 @ 06:55:33

    “nigh insane from promised
    satin nights unspen”
    Amazing lines…..the pain of unrequited love…the hurt…and the sensuality in these words.


  6. pvcann
    Jun 06, 2019 @ 02:03:31

    I remember when this hit the airwaves – a very moving song indeed, the melody is potent. I Loe the way you draw out the nature of sorrow and lament.


  7. memadtwo
    Jun 05, 2019 @ 21:28:41

    the primal truth–what love (and music) is all about (K)


  8. purplepeninportland
    Jun 05, 2019 @ 20:14:14

    Oh yes, that was a beauty.


  9. Frank Hubeny
    Jun 05, 2019 @ 16:56:12

    Nice last line about the unbent primal truth.


  10. calmkate
    Jun 05, 2019 @ 13:00:40

    a touching poem and very moving song, an old favourite of mine πŸ™‚


  11. Gospel Isosceles
    Jun 05, 2019 @ 10:50:59

    Wow, Hayward was still able to sustain all those, “Oh, how I love you!”‘s. This reminds me of my youth as the Moody Blues were my mom’s favorite group and would play their albums often. I’ve always loved the part in the flute solo where there is just a half-step down, creating just the right amount of dissonance, you know the part? You should definitely learn it. Just play by ear:) And I agree with you on your last sentence in the commentary. When I was converting, I began to listen to all my favorite songs in a new light. Whether the artists were originally singing about God or not, the effect on my was wondrous and profound. Thanks, Lynn!


  12. robtkistner
    Jun 05, 2019 @ 03:54:55

    Wonderful poem, beautiful song Lynn.


  13. msjadeli
    Jun 05, 2019 @ 00:47:48

    There is something so comforting about finding a song that reaches the hurt. Do you play this song on your flute?


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