well optimist or pessimist, this is a GREAT write! SO much conveyed in so little space! wow, i would pick a favorite stanza if i could seperate one that i liked more, but both are so full of the truth. its funny too, because i just finished the great gatsby which is all about someone who lived an entire life based on recapturing his haunting past, and he finds that that relationship and that love cannot be reclaimed, which forces him to face the possibility that maybe it never really was there. sorry, that was a tangent, but good writing connects with other good writing in my mind! thanks again!
Now, that's more like it! I mean, personally I'm pretty optimistic and so pessimistic poetry often annoys me, but despite the premise you still did well with the actual writing! Nice symbolism and imagery. =]