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The Lessons of Death: Part One
by Sheila Roy
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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Death is a busy guy.

Here's one I wrote several years ago.

The Lessons of Death:  Part One


The bell chimes, announcing death

Calling one and all as witness

To behold a strangled neck

Marked as an example

For none to follow as lead

Lest they welcome death

With open arms, and bitterness

On their tongues and on their minds


Children run through the streets

In a race against their excitement

Squeezing through an anxious audience

Shoving their way up front

For their first, unhampered view

Of the freshly-dead as its

Puppet-like dance nears an end


The rope, straining with deadweight,

Barely glides back and forth now;

Reminding some of a ticking clock

Winding down and out of time


Faces in the crowd reflect hatred

Shock rounds others’ eyes

Cheers ride the group in waves

Awe sits on children’s visages

As they lick their penny candy

And enjoy the larger-than-life show,

Which introduces

Their innocent souls to death,

And label it as commonplace


Beneath his dark cloak,

Death winks at the children one by one

And motions for each to take his hand

Shyly, they each decline and run

Back to their mothers’ skirts

Where safety clings to their bones

And where they peep from around

The folds of material to confirm

That they imagined the strange,

Dark man, whose hand is out-stretched,

With invisible offerings


The children sigh as one –

A gesture which defies their years

And gives away their fears

As they realize their mothers’ skirts

Hold no safety from Death

He will have his way…one day…

He shall have his say


Sheila Roy - August 2006


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Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse
I Love Your Perceptions Within This Poem!!!
EXCELLENT Portrayals!!
& to reply to your "New News"....Congrats on the publication of this poem too!
I checked out the site...really cool!
Much Love & Inspirations
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price
Creepy just like I like them from you. Love it. Liz
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo
Chilling, Sheila...I'm on to part two (see you there) ~Hugs, Elizabeth
Reviewed by Jon Willey
Sheila, your perspective on death, with the introduction of the children's perspectives and reactions, is unique -- I, never considered their perspective in my own write on the same subject matter -- "The Ride of The Grim Reaper" -- this work of yours has me studying it many times over now -- as Eileen so astutely notes, "A most powerful poem that impacts the reader" -- peace and love my friend -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by E T Waldron
A most powerful poem that impacts the reader!
Sheila this is truly an exceptional write on
death, a topic not easy to capture! Kudo's...ET
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
Dark, well written...the imagery, wonderful!
Reviewed by Rafika Anderson (Reader)
An intriguing story, exquisitely told. I loved the picture you paint masterfully for the reader and the gentle fall into the grasp of inevitability you foretell. Wonderful writing. Thanks so much for sharing this work.

Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle
A well written poem,take care

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
A dance with the macabre and I could even hear the music playing in the background....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by John Flanagan
Strong, dark, serious and highly atmospheric, a stark but very real painting with finely measured and apt details.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
I read this and visualize the scene as if I were looking at a stark painting done solely in black and white. Very effective, Sheila. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper
Excellent images in this write. It also exemplfies a period from the past when people went to town for a hanging much like they would for a county fair. You did a terrific job on this one, Shelia.
Reviewed by Felix Perry
This is exceptional Shila, well written, stronng voice, images stark and staring out between the lines like heavy charcoal sketches,and the whole work speaking a plain reality all too often ignored but feared just the same...

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