Treasure Island

Dave Alan Walker

(Pudsey, Leeds)

The living And The Dead


As the wind blows
Through the spirits
Of the dead

We feel the shivers
Upon our spines
As our souls intertwine
Like ivy through a loop fence

We know we are alive
But could soon be dead

As breathing
Is the only thing
That divides
The living and the dead

Submitted: Friday, September 02, 2011
Edited: Saturday, February 04, 2012

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  • Seqouiyah Young (11/8/2011 9:08:00 AM)

    i like this poem.. It gets deep, if you really just take a seat and think about the living and the dead? I love this theme... (Report) Reply

  • isunge Mwangase (11/7/2011 7:16:00 AM)

    So true, very thin line between life and death. I loved how you skillfully econocomised words but still wrote a great write. (Report) Reply

  • Sam Aleks (9/18/2011 2:14:00 PM)

    the simile in the second stanza is very interesting, it makes me think of how brittle the barrier between life and death is and how we often think about the concept of death and dying. A simply written poem, but also a very thought provoking one. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Vagnarelli (9/18/2011 5:15:00 AM)

    I like it, i like how it flows and ends abruptly with the word 'dead' read in the three stanzas, it reinforces the feeling of dead, dead, dead. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (9/17/2011 8:47:00 AM)

    I just like it and re read again......So if you think you alive call your soul in you when you feel that you just made of stone coz only dead has no soul...Cant get enough with the poem :) _Unwritten Soul (Report) Reply

  • Smoky Hoss (9/10/2011 10:12:00 AM)

    Very good poem, dark yet unavoidable subject matter lends such strength to it, wonderfully written. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (9/4/2011 9:44:00 AM)

    You know Dave, when i read this i remember something i call a way of life...For me we now walking in a narrow road, we walk through it and called it as the age..Our the left side is dead and right is life...we dont know when we will meet the end of the road, we now on the right side but maybe sooner we flip to the left and death is our next road...the death road still a mystery road, coz whoever use the road ever back to life road...i wonder what it bring us...Back to the present we walked so far, some people walk too far in this very narrow road till all hair turn grey some still young...will we shaking and give up (with life challenge) before we end the road...So mystery and you now remind me..like this write_Unwritten Soul (Report) Reply

  • Shadow Girl (9/3/2011 7:43:00 AM)

    That was really a fantastic piece Dave..thanx for the invite..really enjoyed reading it..might even add it to my favourites list..short but meaningful..great flow..10. (Report) Reply

  • Eric Cockrell (9/2/2011 4:07:00 PM)

    man, i like this one.... like the shadowy feeling! really like the drifting back and forth between darkness and light. great job! (Report) Reply

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