Elizabeth Sheaffer

Rookie - 0 Points (February 4,1990 / Mt. Airy, NC)

Can Death Come Calling If You Don'T Have A Telephone? - Poem by Elizabeth Sheaffer

The sky opens up before your eye
And the rain comes pouring from the sky.
There's an old tree tap-tap-tapping on the door;
It's that tap-tap-tapping you abhor.
The faucet's drip-drip-dripping in a sink that's never clean
When the landlord's knock-knock-knocking on a door without a screen.
The television's crack-crack-crackling because the picture's never clear;
There's the Bible on a table that'll soon break down, you fear.
The mattress creak-creak-creaking as you shift in bed at night
Beside an old and grimy window never showing any light.
Day in, day out, you sit beside a fire with no heat;
Chopping wood with those old arms would be quite a feat.
The ceiling beams are wormy, and eaten up with time,
But they just may be strong enough to hold a woven line.
Loft it up and over, yes, and tie it good and tight.
You won't be sleeping in this hell-hole by tomorrow night.
A rickety chair beneath you may not hold up long enough
To slip the cord over your head and feel its texture, rough
Against your skin; tightening it slowly as you pray,
'Dear Lord, may you guide me to a new and better day.'


Comments about Can Death Come Calling If You Don'T Have A Telephone? by Elizabeth Sheaffer

  • Gold Star - 12,325 Points Lyn Paul (5/16/2015 7:42:00 PM)

    This could be a poem of fear yet your description of this cold lonely room has been so well described.
    Read your biography with interest. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,445 Points Naida Nepascua Supnet (5/16/2015 7:41:00 PM)

    Great imagery and onomatopoeia (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,436 Points Jaishree Nair (5/16/2015 7:46:00 AM)

    Poverty a terrible state that sometimes forces you to end your life.Beautifully penned.thanks (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 32,843 Points Chinedu Dike (5/16/2015 4:02:00 AM)

    Poverty and deplorable condition of living well depicted in the poem. A nice piece of poetry, well articulated and insightfully penned with conviction. Thanks for sharing. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 17,852 Points Kim Barney (5/16/2015 3:37:00 AM)

    Loved the title but was disappointed in the poem. I guess it's mostly because I don't like poems about suicide.
    The poem itself has many good qualities, including perfect rhyming. Congratulations on having it selected as Poem of the Day. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,402 Points Terry Craddock (5/16/2015 3:32:00 AM)

    Incredibly sustained suspense in simple deceptively clever lines, a touch of genius and terribly entertaining, thus I will read this to my daughters with a smile before releasing the lines into their rhythmic rhyming.10+++ (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 43,993 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (5/16/2015 2:37:00 AM)

    A well constructed POE-m, indeed...Nicely done ~FjR~ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Raveendran . (10/20/2007 9:08:00 AM)

    Incredible thematization of penury from where hedonism is cherished (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Thad Wilk (10/20/2007 8:57:00 AM)

    Hi Eliza! Good reminder that people are still trapped in poverty in this country still! (10) !
    Thad (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 20, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, April 18, 2011


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