Daily Lament

‘A poem for such a day as this’

Daniela Dragas
4 min readApr 8, 2024

a poem for such a day as this

— is a column where I share my favourite poems and their creators, some of whom might be familiar and some not.

Whatever the case, I hope they elicit a smile, a grin, a tear, a smirk … or, in Kafka’s words — be an axe for the frozen sea within us.

As always — it would be great to hear your thoughts.

A poem for such a day as today is:

Daily Lament,
by Tin Ujević

How hard it is not to be strong,
how hard it is to be alone,
and to be old, yet to be young!

and to be weak, and powerless,
alone, with no one anywhere,
dissatisfied, and desperate.

And trudge bleak highways endlessly,
and to be trampled in the mud,
with no star shining in the sky.

Without your star of destiny
to play its twinklings on your crib
with rainbows and false prophecies.

– Oh God, oh God, remember all
the glittering fair promises
with which you have afflicted me.