Treasure Island

Sally Plumb Plumb

(23 9 1940 / Haverhill Suffolk England)

A Humorous Death


Distance stretches
to the horizon,
over the edge
is the distance down.
I am over
Falling slow as a feather.

My past passes me,
painfully.
It is a long way,
the bottom.
In the mortuary of mind
lay my ancestors
arms open and calling.
The dying left in me
will not speed its entirity
towards the inevitable.

>> <<

My ancestors are laughing now.
Applauding joyfully,
glad that I am released
from the restrictions of being.

Submitted: Saturday, May 02, 2009
Edited: Wednesday, July 06, 2011

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  • * Sunprincess * (1/5/2014 4:14:00 AM)

    .........wow...this was almost like you was living the experience and we were the bystanders...an amazing write...let's live life a little before you write another like this... (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (5/28/2013 1:29:00 PM)

    A very interesting poem about death Sally. Your artistic rendition
    of death leaves me spellbound. I am at a lost for words.
    Well done. (Report) Reply

  • The Jesus Of Suburbia Is A Lie (6/18/2012 12:52:00 AM)

    Interestin read. I liked the poem, overall
    but the title of the poem just feel so wrong.
    I read the poem, and smiled...for you had a successful death. You reached to the destination where you were supposed to be.
    It's the completion of a mission.
    Just using 'humorous death' do not appeal to me. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Halls (2/13/2012 7:49:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem reflecting what we all will experience one day.
    I've wrote before saying Sally is my favourite poet on this site and with poems like this I bet I'm not on my own either! (Report) Reply

  • John Raubenheimer (11/28/2011 1:38:00 PM)

    This is one of the most touching visions of one's dying that I've read. My father used to talk about his ancestors a lot, how considerate they had been in preparing the way for us in life. (It was the closest he could come to images like yours) . (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (11/1/2011 11:45:00 AM)

    Another great poem You seem to be able to convey very deep meaning and tell a story with the minimal of words. Excellent Paul (Report) Reply

  • Sidi Mahtrow (10/16/2011 3:06:00 PM)

    Some face the future
    With happy repose
    Hoping they can nurture
    One last round as life goes.

    And as they slide through 'death's door'
    They smile and say,
    'Wish I could've done more,
    It was a hell of a ride, now I've got hell to pay! ' (Report) Reply

  • Nivedita Bagchi SPC UK (9/24/2010 1:23:00 AM)

    Excellent Premonition …science describes, ‘Out of body sensation’ a.k.a. death experience who survived from near death …thanks for sharing Sally
    Regards
    Ms. Nivedita
    UK
    10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Kee Thampi (3/9/2010 3:22:00 AM)

    life makes to objure deeds to words truthfully,
    My past passes me,
    painfully.
    It is a long way,
    the bottom.
    In the mortuary of mind
    lay my ancestors (Report) Reply

  • Nikunj Sharma (8/19/2009 2:28:00 AM)

    humourous, let my death be

    as I couldnt be the humour

    I promised Thee............


    Lovely words Sally.........10 (Report) Reply

  • Subroto Chatterjee (8/12/2009 2:40:00 AM)

    A humorous death? Really? ? Ideal stuff....though not impossible. Some of your admirers may not be laughing....but then, death IS no laughing matter...Unless of course, one CHOOSES the manner of exit....humorous one...remember? ? I wouldn't prefer it any other way! !
    Cheers.
    Subroto (Report) Reply

  • Lee Crowell (8/1/2009 12:39:00 AM)

    very nice write Sally
    I like your perspective on death, courageous and optimistic (Report) Reply

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