Posts tagged ‘death’

September 8, 2017

Hypocritical Oath

by Angela Umphers Rueger

Not just anyone can kill a baby;
It takes a degree to commit that crime.
The doctor’s conscience will hurt him—maybe,
But the guy on the street will do some time.

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August 6, 2017


by thereluctantpoet

By Charles Robert Lindholm 

Have we reached
the final page
of the final chapter 

The End of our time together

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August 2, 2017

While Alive

by A. Marie

When we fall down, when we land, when we lay
upon the bedrock, do we look up? Or do we close
our eyes, and make do, roll the dirt around us,
invite the insects to have discussion, play with god;

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July 21, 2017


by Charmed Chaos

17381361 - fallen angel


-Linda Lee Lyberg

Pulled apart forever
By a single foolish act
And now she must endeavor
To accept the brutal fact

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July 19, 2017

Bondage and Freedom

by Zenei

Life –

Aggrieved, Wretched,

Lamenting, Oppressing, Despairing, Jousting,

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July 9, 2017

Dead Horse

by JJ Merryweather

dead horseBetter here to cease than the knackers yard
A wild hearted beast that lived fast and died hard.

Better to have fallen than led away to be rendered
To have died on the hoof than gone lame and surrendered.

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July 9, 2017

You, Me and the Fog

by idlebrain

I know you are out there

a dense-pallid fog hangs between

parting you and me

and i cannot see , the Beyond.

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July 7, 2017

~ Flowers for Mother

by ladyliterati

Flowers for Mother


She picked the petals
One by one,
Tossed them ‘neath
A sultry sun,


A waft of wind
Carried them away;
As Mother
Received an earthly bouquet

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June 29, 2017


by Charmed Chaos
-Linda Lee Lyberg
The bullet went deep
Punctured to my soul
And left me unable to breathe


My broken heart bled
A young widow’s blood
Consumed with frightening grief.

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June 28, 2017


by Charmed Chaos

Eclipse of Love

-Linda Lee Lyberg

The pain clouds
My weary brain
It rains
It rains
It rains

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June 26, 2017

~ To Loss

by ladyliterati

Loss perched

Perched upon my days
As I walked through life…

Life in a daze

Enduring what could not

Be changed.


Photo by: O’Prunty

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June 23, 2017

The Color Of Love

by Charmed Chaos

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The Color of Love

-Linda Lee Lyberg

Morning peeks through my window
In my forgetful slumber
I reach out for you
My hand touches the
Cold pillow where your
Head once lay
And I remember.

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June 15, 2017


by The Cheesesellers Wife

Great men die, and so they lie
In their tombs and graves
Glorified, magnified
By their followers and slaves

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June 9, 2017

Death, Imagined

by Charmed Chaos

Statue of a weeping angel laying over an ancient grave

Death, Imagined

-Linda Lee Lyberg

Please give reprieve
from my torrent of tears
When my heart believed
You would always be near.

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May 30, 2017


by Nick Anthony

To think, you’re finally here with me!
After years of relentless, flirtatious banter,
Sometimes as playful as puppies, we were:
Other times more serious than a snake bite–
Always fruitless my affections were.

Unattainably distant, you seemed to me.
A hazy speck just beyond the horizon,
Across the ocean of my life.
And I, stranded on my little island,
Couldn’t possibly build a smoke signal
Tall enough to alert your look-out.

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May 24, 2017

A Suitable Period of Mourning

by braveandrecklessblog

I do not have a closet

full of mourning clothes

I have never

inked the names of my dead

on my tender forearms in black

in solemn homage

The list too long

my arms too short

to box with god

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May 24, 2017

Death Comes Swiftly

by Angela Umphers Rueger

‘Tis the lot of everyone to hear the portal call.
Some respond in infancy, and others when they’re old—
Active youths quite full of life, and ancients growing cold.

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May 22, 2017

Bunch of Faded Pictures Lost in Abyss of Memory

by pranabaxom

The wall is blank for ages now
Lost the habit of framing and hanging
Photographs on the wall
Modern technology brings
Instant attachments
From across the seven seas

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May 4, 2017

~ Pieces of You, of Me

by ladyliterati

~ Pieces of You, of, Me

There is no time limit to grief

Just shock, horror, disbelief

And “well doers” seek a smile

Insisting grief is but a little while

But this cannot possibly be true;

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April 25, 2017

A Short Story About Us After They’ve Gone

by A. Marie

She is a winged doe, plodding along the kitchen tile,
hither/thither clipping orchids, melting wax, reaching out
to catch the tray of flutes before it falls—
but it falls, makes such a racket, cacophony of clattering
she curses, spouts a string of psalms and esoteric verses,
kicks the chunks of shards and tires her feet,
shoves it in a corner and forgets about it until the night,
slings the cupboards open and demands I climb
to the tippy-most tower where her grandfather’s
old boozy glassware has waited five decades to be touched,

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April 23, 2017


by russtowne

The irony

Is not lost on me

That no matter

How hard I try

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April 18, 2017

I Say That I Lost You

by braveandrecklessblog

I say that I lost you

as though you were an umbrella

that I carelessly left on the bus

after the summer rain had stopped

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April 15, 2017

~ Haiku

by ladyliterati

~ Haiku
Watershed moment

Before, after, her demise

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April 14, 2017

On Easter Sunday

by Ex Libris Regina


by R. Saint Claire

Poetry challenge: Easter poem.
In our Sunday coats we stay.
A sunny day! When coloured
Eggs and sweets we crave:
A visit to the family grave.

Up the thorny path we're taken
To the hill where marble crypts
And busts of men (their ranks forsaken)
Rest in shades of obelisks.
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March 8, 2017


by Anita Lubesh

lamplight of soul.jpg

A soft lamplight of soul
clings, hidden in honeysuckle’s
straggly vine hollows,
it gives vacant worship
to the scented sprigs of omnipotence
traversing the climbing frame
permeating olfactory nerves –
aloof and untouched,
analogous to antenna.

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March 2, 2017

Love Scars & Shipwrecks

by 50djohnson

by Debbie

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Being shipwrecked on an island, standing alone in the sun

I realize the waves keep coming in one by one.

When you first left my life, it ripped a hole in me.

Funny it was huge to me but no one else could see.

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February 11, 2017

My Heart Hurts

by 50djohnson


September 23, 2015 After the Storm! 075

The last few years have been strangely visited by the passing of so many friends, their parents, their spouses, their children, their best lifelong friends. When you go through such a loss it helps knowing you have friends, family, and God to turn to when the pain is overwhelming and just too much to bear.  However, there are many lonely nights where it is just you and God, sharing the burden of loss.

My Heart Hurts

Waking up this morning with life’s plans rolling along.

With children, family, and friends in their places where they belong.

Hearing that my cousin has cancer drove me to my knees in pain.

My friend called to say her granddaughter has a tumor on her brain.

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February 1, 2017

The Poppy (Part 2)

by JJ Merryweather



Dear little poppy, you are growing in the mud, lavishly enriched with my own spilled blood.

Dear little poppy your petals are so red. T’was upon this very spot I was shot in the head.

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