Valsa George


Dust Unto Dust - Poem by Valsa George

The briny tears have dried
The sounding knells are stilled
The grieving crowd, dispersed
The parting pain, allayed

Benumbed lie the dead
Beneath the marble vaults
Bereft of power and prowess
Benighted and beaten.

The sun shall never cast its glorious rays
The stars shall never their brilliance shed
The breeze never shall bring tidings new
The showers shall no more drench them through

A thoughtful friend sometimes seen around
A fervent prayer at times chanted aloud
A plaited wreath, rarely laid over
A trite rite, randomly carried out

There's none left to mourn or weep
Nor anyone to sing, sigh or sob
Leaving the dead to rot in the closure of graves
To life's alluring charms, the dear depart.

Cold as clay the dead lie so still
To be feasted on by maggots and the worms
Life with all its glory - defunct
Its fever and fret too - extinct.

How in vain we run after wealth
The power and position we deem so great
Shall come to naught within Time's gloomy vault
Yet we run and yet we straggle behind.

In vain ends our travail for might
Inglorious is our quest after fame
Transient turn the riches, we garner
Short lived is their gleam and glitter.

Oh Lord! Lead us not into illusory charms
Deliver us of our avarice to hoard
For all that is born and made
‘Must consign to death and come to dust.'


Comments about Dust Unto Dust by Valsa George

  • Prabir Gayen (5/13/2019 1:35:00 PM)

    Oh Lord! Lead us not into illusory charms
    Deliver us of our avarice to hoard
    For all that is born and made
    ‘Must consign to death and come to dust..
    ... beautiful poem..theme title comes from The Bible
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (4/30/2019 2:02:00 AM)

    Loveliest worded, mesmerizing poem and so humbly presented. The Lord will always listen to a good and honest prayer. Nine stanzas so magnificently written. You have made poetry your most important professional career after retiring as a teacher. Poetry, the most beautiful art in words.You excel in it, Valsa. (Report)Reply

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  • Stu Penduss (3/8/2019 3:12:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem, Valsa!
    You have worded very well the fact that we can't take our riches with us!
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    Valsa George(3/8/2019 9:54:00 PM)

    Thank you Kim for visiting my page after a long gap and for the appreciative comment!

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (3/5/2019 9:32:00 AM)

    The final stanza consists of powerful lines
    An eye opener for all that life is not a show.
    That we have to give a fruitful and noble meaning
    to life itself.
    A very inspiring and meaningful poem
    that can withstand the tests of time.
    10+++++ and on to my Poem List.
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    Valsa George(3/5/2019 9:57:00 PM)

    Thank you Rose Marie Juan for your greatly appreciative comment! You make a sincere attempt to analyse every poem! The thoughts expressed in this poem often come to my mind and I always think of the transience of life

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (3/5/2019 9:27:00 AM)

    A powerful and wonderful poem on life and death.
    It expresses in beautiful detail how death terminates everything.
    I loved the meaningful universal message of this write.
    The great Poetess depicted vividly the realities of death
    and the greediness of mankind; power, wealth , position and fame.
    All for the glory of oneself, an illusory charms.
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  • AFFAQ  NABI (3/4/2019 4:55:00 AM)

    A beautiful ghazal conveying a righteous message
    - -intrsting
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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (1/20/2019 9:00:00 AM)

    Many philosophies flashed through my mind reading the poem. all for consoling the grieving minds left behind by the dead, and knowing For all that is born and made Must consign to death and come to dust. A meaningful poem (Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha Pathak (10/9/2018 7:06:00 AM)

    How true, Isha Upanishad said,
    tena tyaktena bhunjithah, ma gridhah kasya svid dhanam,
    In sacrifice/sharing do thou enjoy,
    Vovet not, whose be this wealth?
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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (9/10/2018 7:07:00 AM)

    The sun shall never cast its glorious rays
    The stars shall never their brilliance shed/The breeze never shall bring tidings new/The showers shall no more drench them through.......I greatly admire the way you construct your poems! Your works are scholarly! My great pleasure reading this fascinating piece of poetry time and again!
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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (8/27/2018 5:28:00 AM)

    Oh Lord! Lead us not into illusory charms.......humble expression of a great poetess! I get enormous pleasure in reading this fabulous piece of poetry time and again! (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (7/18/2018 4:09:00 AM)

    wow so thoughtful writings-

    O greedy Mahtab
    these are not your wealth,
    these are not you treasure
    which you are hoarded.
    Here in this kingdom of abdomen
    all have been dust.
    Here on your body
    all apparels have been tattered and torn as dust.
    all Diamonds, Amethyst Topaz, Agates, Quartz,
    Emeralds, Pearls, Golds lands
    -are the being of death (inert) !
    and you are same just difference is ship of time!
    Time devours all of you O stupid Mahtab as any Cuisine! !

    excellent
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  • Robert Murray Smith (7/9/2018 6:31:00 AM)

    The reality of death hits a reader between the eyes. This is as it should be. Well penned Valsa.++10

    Robert
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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (6/13/2018 5:40:00 AM)

    I value this poem a lot....you have unfolded the reality of life! I am a proud reader to relish the quality of your penning! Most significantly, I find that you have put a lot of effort in penning a poem...lot of editing and re-editing...which I smell from your poem 'Poet'....! (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (6/9/2018 5:57:00 AM)

    Oh Lord! Lead us not into illusory charms/Deliver us of our avarice to hoard/For all that is born and made/‘Must consign to death and come to dust.'......I am utterly fascinated with the magnanimity of poetic expression! My pleasure reading this great poem time and again! (Report)Reply

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  • Narayanan Kutty Pozhath (4/27/2018 3:56:00 AM)

    It is true that every one running after wealth and power will return to dust. (Report)Reply

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  • Bipasha D (4/9/2018 10:25:00 AM)

    Another grand creation. A meaningful poem with so much truth in it. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/25/2018 6:55:00 AM)

    This is such a great philosophical poem that depicts the reality of life...where we came from and where we would go....will be added to my poem list and the poet to my favorite poet also...10++++++++++++++++ (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (1/7/2018 12:10:00 AM)

    The poem brings an extended message attesting what Hippocrates propounded, “the art is long, life is short” as an established truth. Many poets are remembered for their brilliance after their death only because of their master pieces and your poem chimes this noble philosophy in its undertone! It’s an invaluable piece of poetry……Great! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (1/7/2018 12:09:00 AM)

    My favorite lines: There's none left to mourn or weep nor anyone to sing, sigh or sob..! The persons who have gone accumulating material gains/wealth will surely be burnt into ashes what you perceive, “….dusts unto dusts…”! The substantial gain in life and its return at/after death is beautifully depicted in your poem (cont..) (Report)Reply

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  • The Poet Poet (8/26/2017 1:23:00 PM)

    Simply pragmatic and marvelous....poet lady
    Sad no one remembers it
    that the end lies within
    the days come shine glow and then go
    we all then silently only
    Bow..

    More in the after life unknown we dwell
    and
    who can this but
    LORDS OF TIME CAN TELL

    Its the reality we try to ignore
    and continue to seek more and more

    when maggots will attain our selves
    it will be a life like in hell

    So why not incinerate the physical body
    Let it end with utmost respect
    but then who will solve the workers
    diggers problems to earn wages
    who can tell
    so all such imagery goes to hell

    WE IN OUR OWN Kingdom WISH TO DWELL.....

    I read AKHTAR JAWAD SAHEB'S comment on his
    ''flower'' from you..
    I am given to understand that you are the best Indian poet

    Please honour me by reading my poem
    ''MOM SMILES.''
    A comment coming from you
    would be like some

    NOOR -e -JEHAN
    calling out to her child
    from
    TAJ MAHAL

    Wah wah janaabh aapney toe kiya hee hai kamaaaal
    I came here to PH
    as you had said my poetry will be liked
    so it is read my poem

    mom smiles latest comment is

    ''A poem great by all means,
    a statute
    beautiful from all sides,
    words,
    lines,
    thoughts
    everything is outstanding.''''
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, July 22, 2012

Poem Edited: Sunday, July 22, 2012


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