Haniel Long

(9 March 1888 – 17 October 1956 / Rangoon, Burma)

Dead Men Tell No Tales - Poem by Haniel Long

They say that dead men tell no tales!

Except of barges with red sails
And sailors mad for nightingales;

Except of jongleurs stretched at ease
Beside old highways through the trees;

Except of dying moons that break
The hearts of lads who lie awake;

Except of fortresses in shade,
And heroes crumbled and betrayed.

But dead men tell no tales, they say!

Except old tales that burn away
The stifling tapestries of day:

Old tales of life, of love and hate,
Of time and space, and will, and fate.


Comments about Dead Men Tell No Tales by Haniel Long

  • Naida Nepascua Supnet (5/24/2015 6:12:00 AM)


    Don't they? ? ?

    They tell no lies

    Except....
    and the list never ends
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  • Babatunde Aremu (4/3/2014 4:24:00 AM)


    This is too wonderful. Of a truth the dead tale tell tales through their past acts or deeds (Report) Reply

  • (4/3/2013 7:24:00 PM)


    Superb, loved the surrealistic imagery and the wonderful rhyms. A poem not to forget (Report) Reply

  • (4/3/2012 4:24:00 PM)


    Though I knew of the title DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, I did not know it was the title of a HANIEL LONG poem and now that I know,
    I enjoy both it and the poem very much.

    Robert Burns
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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