Frank James Ryan Jr (FjR)

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' A Walk To The Cemetery To Visit Some Friends............{ Author's Recommendation} - Poem by Frank James Ryan Jr (FjR)

I'm taking a walk to the cemetery this morning,
be back before noontime for crumpets and tea.
I have two friends who died not so long ago;
they were brothers, treated me the same.
Had not spoken with them since that night.
The night it rained red glass and tears
'neath the stuttering lights on Dawsonstills Bridge.
Still, sometimes at night
i am awakened by the sound of it
somewhere still inside me.
You see, Death....will always find you, when it wants to

Thought it was time i stopped by to say hello
and along the way, i picked up a gift.
Habitual manners taken right to the grave...excuse the levity.
''Never visit someones home empty handed'',
that's what Mum always said.
Flowers are always freshest when laid in the morning dew,
still, by noon's end, they'll be wilting in the summer-haze,
laying still, decomposing...and my mind takes to thinking
just how morbidly apropos, this gift be,
as i knee-touch soft soil...place the spray by your stone.

[Now peace can be defined in myriad ways
But i sware, that serenity had draped its veil, where i stood;
And for the first time since their death, i sensed connection]

So, i filled them both in, on the towns latest skinny;
I could almost hear their voices upon the wind-whisps overhead;
Took a look at my watch...and it was time to head home.

Our time went by so quickly, did it not?
Like breeze through branches... leafless.
I really must leave, mortal duties, you know;
God, I really miss you guys...Can you hear me?

Yes, you're right, time, and destiny still be my keepers.
but i'll be back soon, to share more news and memories.

Just the three of us...yes, we will!

And as i head towards the black wrought iron gates,
i look back at the sea, of greystone and crosses,
and in a moment of self-pity, i shout to the sky: THIS IS IT? !
A sudden, stale mist tails me.....all the way home,
follows me like a pestilent cat, gone stray.

Made it back before noon, walked in to the scent
of tealeaf, and cinamon...voices of life.
Tea and crumpets taste freshest, before noontime,
and silk flowers on a table never wilt, decompose.

Think i'll take a drive into town, do my chores and such.
Take an alternate route, around Dawsonstills Bridge.
Then again, in truth... does it really matter?
You see Death will always find me, when it wants to.



.......Written August 14th,2007.......
Frank James Christopher Ryan, Jr.
........................F. j. R.........................

Topic(s) of this poem: friendship


Comments about ' A Walk To The Cemetery To Visit Some Friends............{ Author's Recommendation} by Frank James Ryan Jr (FjR)

  • Khirod Dalpati (10/15/2017 1:33:00 AM)


    Mind blowing poem Sir,

    Beautifully penned down and its quite scary
    the graveyard and death our uninvited guests...
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    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/15/2017 5:46:00 AM)

    Thank You Khirod for your visit, read & generous comment ~FjR~

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  • Practicing Poetess (9/19/2017 3:02:00 AM)


    This is so beautifully written- - You write like one of the great classic poets.
    They don't make them like this anymore.
    And of course, it's a 10.
    I look forward to reading more of your works.
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    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (9/20/2017 2:59:00 AM)

    Thank You for your visit, and your all too generous comment...I look forward to ensconcing in your work as well. ~FjR~

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (9/17/2017 11:18:00 PM)


    C.P... Many thanks for your visit as well as youra far too generous comment...but don't stop now...lol! FjR (Report) Reply

  • C. P. Sharma (9/17/2017 6:54:00 AM)


    Beholden to you and your pen. You have no match. (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (9/16/2017 10:16:00 PM)


    Thanks once again for your support! (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2017 2:38:00 AM)


    A heart-felt ode to friendship on earth and in the afterlife. A poem that can be truly appreciated by both poet and non-poet. A superb quality of writing that is simple, yet profound. This is very down-to-earth, yet spiritual. It's my second read of your work. And it won't be my last. Thank you for acknowledging their memory in such a beautiful way. I hope those students read this poem and had some similar sentiments. (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (9/18/2017 10:12:00 PM)

    Thank You, Richard...Much appreciated.

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (7/29/2017 1:15:00 AM)

    Thank You, Rihard-

  • Lyn Paul (7/30/2016 7:04:00 PM)


    Can feel the pain expressed in your words. I Feel the situation and the heartache. (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (7/29/2017 1:16:00 AM)

    Thank You, Lyn!

  • (7/22/2016 8:37:00 PM)


    extraordinary writing. does your mind ever take rest? Another favorite of yours that I enjoy coming back to see and to have others see. (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (9/16/2017 10:13:00 PM)

    Thank You Robert.

  • (3/12/2016 1:00:00 PM)


    .......extraordinary, picturesque and captivating....a beautiful write on a difficult theme...
    ..and so delightful, the tea and crumpets sound heavenly...I feel it's the little pleasures
    such as these which make life worth living ★
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  • (2/28/2016 2:28:00 AM)


    This is fabulous writing...chilling, and captivating (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (7/29/2017 1:17:00 AM)

    Long time, Saul...Thanks for the read & all too generous comments.

  • (2/28/2016 2:26:00 AM)


    fabulous writing...chilling, and captivating (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (8/21/2015 3:34:00 AM)


    This Saturday, August 22nd, the students & faculty of Branch Brook Summer Literary Workshop will be visiting my literary jacket here on PH...Looking forward to getting feedback and any ideas or questions that anyone may have for me, and don't forget...I'm not the only writer on this Top 2000 Website...poemhunter.com has thousands of gifted Poets, Writers along with many savvy and helpful critics. Take advantage of it all...And at the end of the day if you enjoyed what you experienced...perhaps it's time YOU considered becoming a member!

    Frank James Ryan, Jr.
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    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (9/18/2017 9:58:00 PM)

    Looking forward to your Oct.14th visit!

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (8/1/2015 3:31:00 AM)


    *Welcome Summer semester class & soon to be grads from Empire College of upstate N.Y. Thank You for choosing my work for your Literary 3 study project. Earlier in the week, I was in contact with your Literary Arts Dept, and they agreed with my recommendations as to what pieces might be most supportive to your research and report. Good Luck on your projects...A+'s and nothing less! ! ! Frank James Ryan, Jr (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (7/24/2015 8:30:00 PM)


    You see, Death....will always find you, when it wants to You wrote this fact of life so naturally and profoundly, ti strikes us all with the truth and reality -life is but a breath. (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (7/29/2017 1:18:00 AM)

    Cynthia, thank you, missy!

  • (7/19/2015 1:43:00 AM)


    There comes a moment a time when we see infront of of life's end our fragile and short time we share. The reaper finds all. (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (7/29/2017 1:19:00 AM)

    You nailrd it...Thank You for the read, young lady!

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (7/11/2015 4:39:00 AM)


    To The High Schools & Middle Schools of the GREENBURGH/EDGEMONT School District #9

    Welcome, and thank you for visiting my work today, this Saturday, July 11th,2015... The High schools and middle schools of Edgemont and Greenburgh have continued to achieve status in the upper 15% of The nation, which is an achievement all of you, both student body, and faculty, and certainly not to forget your dedicated administrators, who made this visit possible today should all be proud of...As a rule, I don't like to pin-point any specific work of mine to hone in on, however, those that appear on the first two pages of my jacket of work seem to garner the most visits on average. So I'm going to have to assume that if I've done anything right with pen in hand, that it wound up on the first two pages of work..LoL! .Hope you enjoy...And, BTW, this site has tens of thousands of members, many f good merit quality...Don't make today your only visit...make it your first of, many visits to the poem pages of some very polished Poet's and Writers. Finally, for any of you who have either dabbled, are dabbling and or have an itching to dabble in the beauty & sophistication of the Literary Arts.., I strongly recommend that you consider becoming a member.There is no membership fee, and you will have the works of tens of thousands from 5 continents at your fingertips, to read, study, critique, share and post your own work on a 24/7/365 basis. So, enjoy...and through my prv. email, please let me know what you're thinking...what you liked, disliked...anything you want to share with me...I can take it, trust me... I once was a well known(to internet sites & local poetry clubs) as a harsh, dragon mouth critic, you know, like Donald Trump, only broke! LoL!
    Frank James Ryan, Jr./ I.P.M...Library of Congress, Washington D.C./USA
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    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (9/18/2017 10:01:00 PM)

    Spoke to the Supt. last week, and you all are invited to a November date of your choice to 'come on down' & visit us again!

  • Nebe Albert (6/29/2015 12:03:00 PM)


    touching. Death and life, any who should wish not to die should not have accepted life the first place. Death, a cruel blessing to all and all life will be blessed with it. Nice work (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (7/30/2017 2:21:00 AM)

    thanks, Nebe

  • Nebe Albert (6/29/2015 12:02:00 PM)


    Death and life, any who should wish not to die should not have accepted life the first place. Death, a cruel blessing to all and all life will be blessed with it (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (7/30/2017 2:22:00 AM)

    THANK YOU, Nebe

  • Nebe Albert (6/29/2015 12:02:00 PM)


    touching * Death and life, any who should wish not to die should not have accepted life the first place. Death, a cruel blessing to all and all life will be blessed with it. nice work (Report) Reply

  • (6/16/2015 11:46:00 PM)


    Touching poem about the only real destiny, our demise. (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (9/18/2017 9:59:00 PM)

    Thank You, Uriah...long time!

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (9/16/2017 10:13:00 PM)

    Uriah- Thank You, old friend!

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 17, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, September 26, 2015


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