the painting being superimposed is françois-hubert drouais' portrait of an elegant lady—this is also the first time the image for the poem is also the first of the post.
i specifically chose drouais' piece because i felt it embodied elegantly what i'm attempting to convey. especially in the line, 'yet we don't see her face'; i really enjoy the pastels and softness of his work, and how the ruffles of the woman's dress resemble the bouquet in her hand.
the 'crestfallen pendulum' is a symbol for sadness in regards to running out of time, but also the swing of a woman's hips, walking away. time—the woman—is constantly watched over and loved, by this i mean nostalgia, being unable to see her face creates a distance from her: the first instance of trouble in the poem.
the silent swallows represent experience in life, but also a conformity within one's circumstance and society, or a hard truth to swallow—a play on words if you catch it at the end of the poem. they collectively seek out Apollo and Cupid, gods of knowledge, truth, and love respectively. [Apollo is one of my favorite among the gods; he's the god of poetry and music as well.] the rose is a sort of reality and coming-to-terms with it. like the expression, 'every rose has its thorns', it's like, everything beautiful comes at a price, you can't just accept things for what you see them as.
aware of this beauty and the pain with it, the protagonist is weary of it, because it doesn't matter how beautiful someone may seem, you don't really know what their thinking or what their heart's like. this can mean values, beliefs, feelings, etc.
sans denouement is a double meaning. i'm using it to express the literal translation: 'without end', but also the idea of having someone leave you without closure, which can make the pain feel as though it has no end.
in the end, (aha) there is the line 'just is life'—hence the title, because i am wholeheartedly trying to see the beauty of life; however difficult, and in spite of the suffering, there are things we are alive for, i hope i can find mine(-: