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The Agony of Death (for Cokey 95)

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Femme's Father
since 10-30-1999
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Carrollton, TX, USA

0 posted 01-08-2000 09:00 PM       View Profile for Femme's Father   Email Femme's Father   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Femme's Father

Today I walk through the valley of despair...
I have no strength in my flesh & my head is heavy...
A weakness is in my knees & my footsteps are heavy..
I have no strength to even go farther...
My flame has dwindled---
As I sit here alone in the dryness of myself,
My eyes slowly scan the distant horizons...
And they see nothing that will encourage, no nothing friendly.
Death stalks this desolate place, seeking any prey that foolishly wanders herein.
The dryness hereof is like unto a potters furnace..
The vessel doth harden from the heat.
No living thing is within sight..
Loneliness is my companion--
The green grass is withered upon my hills,
The water hath ceased within my streams..
My pools have become "mud-mucks"..
and the trees thereof have become brown.
Oh, who hath barked my vine & caused it to cease?
The leaves thereof have withered
  and are weak at the joints-
My fruit doth shrink because,                the sustainance has ebbed..
Shall I cease from being in a once watered land?
Shall my flower gardens become sand dunes;
The petals thereof blown as blinding sand..
Shall the beauty that the eye once beheld
now strike the eye & cause blindness?
Shall the lips that once spoke joy, now be parched & broken & cannot speak a helping word?
Shall the hand that once lifted others now fall limp and wither in its' own weakness?
Shall the feet that once ran to the aid of others now stumble because they have need in themselves?
Like a seed I have been laid out in the sun-
To wither and to die! Lord let this cup pass from me, but rather thy will be done!
Except a seed "die", it cannot bring
forth new fruit!       James David  
I wrote this back in the mid 80's at a time when I felt like I was the only one left on this earth..
And I didn't even want to be in that place...
So I expressed my heart & feelings into the above words..been there-got the
t-shirt...all the trials of this life mellow you & bring wisdom & understanding and give you more compassion for others whenthey hurt...May God bless all of you on the forum.
Poetry is like a good medicine..

[This message has been edited by Femme's Father (edited 01-09-2000).]
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since 07-25-99
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1 posted 01-08-2000 11:27 PM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Dad, this speaks volumes of the desert you went through...very descriptive.  I could feel you clinging to your life and sanity by a thread.  Thank you for sharing, I'm sending it back up so that it won't get too far back, in hopes that Coker will see it sooner.  I know it will be appreciated.  You know, I've often wondered what all you went through back in my days of childhood.  I know so much went on, that I was unaware and mom were good at hiding your frustrations.  I never knew when all the problems were brewing.  Either you two were good at hiding them, or else I was just so caught up in myself as a youngster, I didn't notice.  We'll have to sit down someday, and let you share with me all those years....what it was like for you as a parent.  Maybe it will shed some light on what I'm going through now.  I love you....

 ** I'm reaching for the brightest star I've ever seen - knock my ladder out from under me, and you'll wish you hadn't !! -pFF ** Here's to 2000!
Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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since 08-26-99
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northern mountains, Idaho

2 posted 01-09-2000 12:11 AM       View Profile for Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Email Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rosemary J. Gwaltney's Home Page   View IP for Rosemary J. Gwaltney

Oh, this poem made me screech to a halt.  Poignant and haunting, its beauty reminding me of the Bible,  I felt your anguish, and the strength of your words.  (I think if it had been marked by two or three spaces, more people would have read it)  Deep and sincere, this poem is beautiful.  (Isn't it wonderful that anguish doesn't stay so keen forever?)

 ...Living is ever like crossing rivers; finding a new life on each shore ... RJG

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since 01-08-2000
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3 posted 01-09-2000 02:32 AM       View Profile for cokey_95   Email cokey_95   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for cokey_95

thank you so much for writing in response to my poem.tonight of all nights i needed it...very beautiful work
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since 10-28-1999
Posts 3189
Northern Cali

4 posted 01-09-2000 03:03 AM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

This was a very REAL poem, and I can see that the talent runs in the family.  Bravo!!

 Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...
Seymour Tabin
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since 07-07-99
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5 posted 01-09-2000 08:33 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Femme's Father,
I can only repeat the end of my poem.
"There is no finer joy or wife,
Then recognition of this life."
You wrote a wonderful poem and I feel
everyone should read it. So back you go to the top. Sy
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since 12-29-1999
Posts 32
Carrollton, TX, USA

6 posted 01-09-2000 09:31 PM       View Profile for maedavid   Email maedavid   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for maedavid

I am so glad I met this man after he went through the fire because I feel he now is spun gold.  So glad to have you as my husband and this was a great poem...
"Except a seed die it cannot bring forth new fruit" powerful words.

 The only way to know Love, is to Know God.
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since 09-21-1999
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7 posted 01-09-2000 09:49 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Powerful indeed!  
Member Rara Avis
since 07-22-99
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8 posted 01-09-2000 11:34 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE! Fantastic work!

Where there is faith,
there is love.
Where there is love,
there is peace.
Where there is peace,
there is GOD.
Where there is GOD,
there is no need.


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since 11-08-1999
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9 posted 01-09-2000 11:38 PM       View Profile for First__Knight   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for First__Knight

Wrote with the heart....and it truly shows ....Extreme feelings in this one  

 Being in love with someone is more than just saying "I love you"

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