Despite the astonishing cultural and technological advances we have made in the past 100 years, there’s still no cure for a broken heart. Willa Cather published this poem, “L’Envoi” in 1903 and Jane LeCroy created a melody for The Icebergs to deliver it in 2020 because the words ring true as ever. Poetry is still the best app for enduring the consequences of love, nothing compares.
Willa (2:59) Words “L’Envoi” by Willa Cather (1873-1947) Vocals by Jane LeCroy Cello by Tom Abbs Drums by David Rogers-Berry Cymbals by Dave Treut Produced by David Rogers-Berry Recorded at Birdwatcher in Big Indian, NY
L’Envoi by Willa Cather Where are the loves that we have loved before When once we are alone, and shut the door? No matter whose the arms that held me fast, The arms of Darkness hold me at the last. No matter down what primrose path I tend, I kiss the lips of Silence in the end. No matter on what heart I found delight, I come again unto the breast of Night. No matter when or how love did befall, ’Tis Loneliness that loves me best of all, And in the end she claims me, and I know That she will stay, though all the rest may go. No matter whose the eyes that I would keep Near in the dark, ’tis in the eyes of Sleep That I must look and look forever more, When once I am alone, and shut the door.