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Ode to Death (revised)

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Mike
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0 posted 12-21-1999 02:15 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Mike

Leafless trees hang low, over cold and silent grave,
Dark skies above foreboding, not yet a snowflake shed,
Winter hath descended, soon will the land enslave,
In grip of icy tentacle, the touch of recent dead.

My faith and trust are swept like straws, from grasp by tempest's woe,
As I devour the bitter ash, of soul's despair of haunting sorrow,
Dark and gloomy mausoleum, erected by death's loathsome lust,
Man's unperverted Ithuriel mask, conventions are by evil crushed.

Shrouded chambers of lifeless haunts, recoil as shadows bleed,
Clouds of terror reach fingers out, dark spirits stalk; hell hath decreed.
With mournful soul and quivering limbs, touch on my lifeless breath,
Unrelenting desolation, stand face to face with sin and death.

A miser's life devoid of warmth, if not for heat of anger,
Grievers haste last requiem, in quest of life's departure,
Affections cause not mourner's grief, for hate creates their languor,
For in his life bred discontent, now silent wrath incur.

Aye, the miser lay in final slumber, beneath a rich man's stone,
But in the ground as poor shall lie, for wealth shan't pierce the shroud,
As man doth live, so shall he perish, shall live and die alone,
As pauper to the worms doth go, beneath foreboding cloud.

Heed the death knell of the miser, as passes through time's portal,
Lest one betakes themselves too great, in history, all are mortal.




[This message has been edited by Mike (edited 12-21-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 Mike - All Rights Reserved
Coegwyr
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1 posted 12-21-1999 03:29 PM       View Profile for Coegwyr   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Coegwyr

Some of you poets are just a little less mortal than the rest of us.

Well written Mike
RainbowGirl
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2 posted 12-21-1999 03:37 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Mike: I don't know about mortal but I'm that disorganised I'd come back in the wrong timeframe wearing a mini...ooops

Seriously: We are only what we are!

HUGS

 Yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream...


Michael
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3 posted 12-21-1999 03:43 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Uh Huh, not too many can leave me at a loss for words  - you've just done it.  History does show man to be "mortal" but words can surely be immortal - have to agree with Coegwyr,t here.  Excellent woek.

Michael
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4 posted 12-21-1999 03:43 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Mike,
Impressed, Liked the read very much.
Andrew Scott
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5 posted 12-21-1999 03:48 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Yo Mike, I remember this from the first time around... thought it was great then... ditto now. Can't comment on any of the changes as I'm not sure where they were made, but all the same... a fine effort.
Nan
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6 posted 12-21-1999 07:38 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Awesome...
My favorite line is:
quote:
Shrouded chambers of lifeless haunts, recoil as shadows bleed

.... but you knew that, of course.  Such AdeptNess at syntax will always catch my attention....
Elizabeth Santos
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7 posted 12-21-1999 07:42 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Very well written, Mike
It's a little eerie after just reading that werewolf poem!
Liz
Mike
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8 posted 12-21-1999 09:08 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

I am flattered by the comments.
Thank you.
Nan, you have touched within the inner sanctum of the chambers...
Denise
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9 posted 12-21-1999 09:18 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is excellent, Mike, sobering and with a fantastic message. Well done!

 Denise


 
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