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Ode to Death

 All life’s joy has gone and all glitter

Has faded from the weary eyes

The body drags through days too long to bear

And nights too are restless, hot, too stuffy to breathe

The sun rises yet black is the universe

Life abounds in ev’ry corner yet death is always apparent

The body is cold, the heart is still

The eyes are closed, the soul is gone

All black is the hall, but the rest of the world laughs

Murder on the highway, death in the air, the sea

The gun, the bomb, gas, acid

Instruments of terror, disease, disaster

The sun is black, the stars are gone

The greenness on the earth turns brown

All is gone, none remains to sing a song

Or cheer or cry or jump with joy

Or hate with passion, kill for fun

Gone is life, death now rules his kingdom, who kiss his feet

Gone is joy, warmth and all that life stands for

Death reigns, Death overpowers, Death takes

Death is.

c1968 Carol Buckles


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Nov. 16th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
Ron finds this depressing.
I know she wrote this at the age of 17, but things change. This fatalistic writer is not the person I met in college, fell in love with, and married. Ron
Nov. 16th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Ron finds this depressing.
Thank you for the compliment. I chose to leave this posted because it is a good poem IMO.
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