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

  • (10/17/2018 1:58:00 AM)

    I stumble upon it when I try to understand my mothers death.
    Now I know she live in me.
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  • (10/7/2018 11:38:00 PM)

    This is a beautiful poem, it helped me when my son died suddenly age 30. I send it to people who have had a loved one die. (Report) Reply

  • (10/6/2018 6:23:00 AM)

    I read this poem at my late Uncle's funeral and i really love it. (Report) Reply

  • (10/4/2018 1:07:00 PM)

    Thank you I needed this so much (Report) Reply

  • Abby Stringer (10/3/2018 11:06:00 AM)

    I really love the meaning of this poem. It made me tear up because of all the people I have lost. They would say something like this. You are very talented (Report) Reply

  • Mark Jackson (9/12/2018 10:01:00 AM)

    love it keep up the god work (Report) Reply

  • (9/11/2018 10:43:00 AM)

    I love this poem. It makes death seem so simple and beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • (9/7/2018 12:08:00 PM)

    This is so beautiful.What a delightful way to explain death.I truly love and cherish this lovely poem (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan (7/30/2018 1:29:00 AM)

    This poem hold hope even after death. Death to my mind too is a transitory thing in the overall scheme of God. However, it is important to ensure that the our visit to temples, churches, mosques etc., is just not a routine affair but should lead to the upliftment of our soul. In my last poem, which is a two line couplet, I have pondered upon this aspect. I welcome the reader of poemhunter to read it once. (Report) Reply

  • (7/18/2018 6:52:00 AM)

    I love the poem, but that isn't entirely accurate. This is the end of the poem as it was written by Holland:

    All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!
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  • (6/30/2018 7:09:00 AM)

    Steve Christopoulos (Report) Reply

  • (6/13/2018 12:38:00 PM)

    To my friend James Murray (Report) Reply

  • (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

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 28, 2004

Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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