Henry Scott Holland

Death Is Nothing At All - Poem by Henry Scott Holland

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before only better, infinitely happier and forever we will all be one together with Christ.

Comments about Death Is Nothing At All by Henry Scott Holland

  • (6/13/2018 12:38:00 PM)

    To my friend James Murray (Report) Reply

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  • (6/9/2018 2:57:00 PM)

    The best poem ever written for the reality of life after life.. (Report) Reply

  • (6/5/2018 12:28:00 PM)

    A poem full of hope and happiness. Love it. (Report) Reply

  • (5/22/2018 11:53:00 AM)

    Death is just a continuation of life, our bodies die but our soul goes on. (Report) Reply

  • Thabani Khumalo (5/20/2018 8:26:00 AM)

    what a relieving dark writing (Report) Reply

  • (5/18/2018 11:30:00 PM)

    This brings me comfort (Report) Reply

  • (5/16/2018 12:21:00 PM)

    I have always loved this. From Me to you....in remberance of your Father. (Report) Reply

  • (5/13/2018 11:10:00 AM)

    Add a comment. Those words are comforting and exhorting. (Report) Reply

  • (5/13/2018 11:09:00 AM)

    Add a comment. Those words are comforting and exhorting. (Report) Reply

  • (5/12/2018 5:19:00 PM)

    Well if you statements that had the greatest impact them at the most to me when I lost my father. (Report) Reply

  • (5/9/2018 6:17:00 AM)

    The words are beautiful, and it deals with the situation in a manner which helps your grief.. I found peace and comfort from it on a personal level, and my friend is going to us it at her Dad's funeral. I find it reassuring and makes you think more joyfully than you did before reading it. (Report) Reply

  • (5/7/2018 1:42:00 PM)

    Absolutely gorgeous poem. Gives one a feeling of peace. Sad that someone would not see it like that (Report) Reply

  • (5/3/2018 2:55:00 AM)

    I totally dislike this poem, as the partner of a widower. The thought of his late wife only in the next room, waiting for him. Somewhere, very near. It's dreadful. (Report) Reply

  • (5/2/2018 11:35:00 AM)

    I love how this poem talks about death.This is teaching us that death is just a natural part of life, everyone dies.I learned so many importance things from this poem like the fact that once we die we will be there with christ. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (5/1/2018 11:07:00 AM)

    Life means all that it ever meant.
    It is the same that it ever was.
    There is absolute unbroken continuity.
    Beautiful poem with so lovely lines.
    Thanks for the sharing.
    (Report) Reply

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  • (4/27/2018 10:37:00 AM)

    No U
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  • (4/23/2018 11:53:00 AM)

    your are one for me and i am one for you (Report) Reply

  • (4/13/2018 3:38:00 AM)

    This poem is also attributed to St Augustine. (Report) Reply

  • Naila Rais (4/11/2018 7:56:00 PM)

    Such a inspirational write... I really love it.... Thanks for sharing....10
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 28, 2004

Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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