Uriah Hamilton

Cemetery Dogs - Poem by Uriah Hamilton

I used to visit
And spend time with my uncle
At the graveyard
Where he patiently abides
His eternal stay.

I then began to visit
Cemeteries whose residents
I was unfamiliar with
In obeisance to the universal dead.

Once, at an old, unkempt graveyard,
Eerie like an old movie scene.
I saw several unfed skinny dogs
Running between huge tombstones.

I meditated on how
I should be as hungry to survive and live
As any other animal on earth.
Gazing at those cemetery dogs
Scavenging for something to eat,
I made a promise to myself:
I will never become a statistic of self-defeat.

Comments about Cemetery Dogs by Uriah Hamilton

  • (2/26/2007 2:37:00 AM)

    Very powerful and evocative. May you always keep that promise to yourself.



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  • (2/26/2007 1:38:00 AM)

    A narrative which leads to hope, however grim the starting point. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/25/2007 11:40:00 PM)

    Deep work Uriah. I loved that line 'patiently abides.' (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 25, 2007

Poem Edited: Sunday, January 23, 2011

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