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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 5/30/2009
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
Embraced~Embrassť
Vickie
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 5/19/2009
Creepy just like I like them from you. Love it. Liz
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 5/12/2009
Chilling, Sheila...I'm on to part two (see you there) ~Hugs, Elizabeth
Reviewed by Jon Willey 5/8/2009
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 5/8/2009
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 5/8/2009
Dark, well written...the imagery, wonderful!
Reviewed by Rafika Anderson (Reader) 5/7/2009
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.

ra
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 5/7/2009
A well written poem,take care

Edwin
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 5/6/2009
A dance with the macabre and I could even hear the music playing in the background....

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by John Flanagan 5/6/2009
Sheila,
Strong, dark, serious and highly atmospheric, a stark but very real painting with finely measured and apt details.
John
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/6/2009
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,

Regis
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 5/6/2009
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 5/6/2009
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...

Fee



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