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

  • (7/5/2017 12:43:00 AM)

    Does anyone know if Holland got the wording of slipped away to the next room from a poem or prose by John Donne? If memory serves me correctly, the actor Richard Burton had a poem read at his funeral with phrasing like don't weep for me, for I am only in the next room. I thought it was attributed to Donne. (Report) Reply

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  • Suresh Raavi (6/23/2017 7:48:00 PM)

    very optimistic write. (Report) Reply

  • (6/14/2017 11:13:00 PM)

    I'm not prepared to argue which came first or is right, but the other, equally popular in searches version of this poem ends more appropriately:
    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!
    (Report) Reply

  • Veer Dhiman (4/9/2017 9:32:00 PM)

    'Death' sounds 'nothing at all' here.... Congrats.... Nice poetry.....
    Read my poem 'Death: A mystery...'
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  • Aqua Flower (4/8/2017 7:14:00 AM)

    Words cannot express the way I feel about this write....so emotionally beautiful! It will be on my favorite's list for sure. (Report) Reply

  • Anne Velevski (3/6/2017 7:25:00 PM)

    Theres something about this poem that I find eerie, sorry but there is a slight edge to it...just saying. (Report) Reply

  • (2/21/2017 12:25:00 AM)

    i really enjoyed this one (Report) Reply

  • (1/31/2017 1:37:00 PM)

    Simply Awesome..... (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (1/7/2017 5:48:00 AM)

    tom allport
    a very reassuring write to give comfort to those that might? (Report) Reply

  • (12/2/2016 2:40:00 PM)

    I'll be honest, I'm terminally ill so I can say it, I hate this poem and all the sentimental balderdash it represents. I'm not slipping away to the next room, I'm dying, and I won't even be allowed to send a single text back. (Report) Reply

    Alwi Shatry Alwi Shatry (6/18/2017 11:12:00 PM)

    Your sentiments re this piece are understandable. Hopefully you are still around to read my wishes for the extraordinary courage you need to come to terms on a daily basis with your condition. My heart goes out to you.

    Bill Hoidas (2/11/2017 11:22:00 AM)

    Hi Frank, Please allow me to say The best news is that no matter what religion you are you can be ASSURED of going to heaven if you'll just stop and pray the following to God and mean it.
    -Christ died for all of my sins past, present and future and paid for them with His blood (John 3: 16)
    -good works won't get me there (Ephesians 2: 8-9) (Galatians 2: 16
    -now that I'm saved I can never lose my salvation (John 10: 28-29)

    Susan Nelson (1/6/2017 3:13:00 PM)

    Dear Mr. Gent: I'm sorry you are having such an awful experience. I never read this from this perspective before and am grateful for you posting your comment. It's cruel irony that words designed to comfort the bereaved describe so forcefully the huge loss you are facing. You obviously have a strong desire to stay connected to your people. My wish for you is that you will all find peace.

    Susan Nelson (1/6/2017 3:09:00 PM)

    Dear Mr. Gent: I'm sorry you're having such an awful experience. I never read this before from the perspective of someone dying. It's cruel irony that the words that comfort the grieving point up only too closely the losses you are facing in reality. Thank you for submitting your comment. I'll be more purposeful in my future communication because of what I learned from you. You obviously want to stay connected to people who matter to you. May you all find peace.

  • (9/19/2016 6:53:00 PM)

    This poem has a special significance and meaning to me. I absolutely love it (Report) Reply

  • (7/7/2016 7:23:00 PM)

    Great! (Report) Reply

  • (7/7/2016 7:17:00 PM)

    Love this!! (Report) Reply

  • (7/7/2016 7:17:00 PM)

    Great keeper!! (Report) Reply

  • (6/15/2016 3:14:00 PM)

    I love this poem and want it for my funeral z (Report) Reply

  • (5/6/2016 10:01:00 AM)

    For Joy. (Report) Reply

  • (5/5/2016 1:36:00 PM)

    Mama <3 (Report) Reply

  • (3/16/2016 1:59:00 PM)

    Denise. Forever with me. (Report) Reply

  • (3/6/2016 7:34:00 AM)

    Daddy (Report) Reply

  • (2/29/2016 4:22:00 PM)

    Reflection (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 28, 2004

Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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