Dust Unto Dust Poem by Valsa George

Dust Unto Dust

Rating: 5.0


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 OF THE POEM
Elisha Wall 14 January 2015

A creative piece with unsparing truths about the inevitable but all in all... '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.' Masterful. Thanks

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Madathil Rajendran Nair 28 March 2015

A great poem indeed on harsh reality that we overlook in our daily rampage. Well rhymed and metered, even death has adorned a rare beauty in your words. (10)

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Kelly Kurt 03 May 2015

Such true words. Will humans ever learn?

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Allotey Abossey 23 May 2015

Well written... Great organization... True talk, God bless you.

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Purnima Manhas 25 May 2015

Mighty construction of carefully selected words to convey the true emotions of life and death. I am inspiring and amazed. You become my fav poet. Thanks for sharing the wisdom in a beautiful poetry.

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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.

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Cowboy Ron Williams 23 December 2020

An excellent poem, Valsa! I have given it five stars!

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Bri Edwards 23 December 2020

The people who developed the new format apparently are not familiar enough with the English language, NOR the previous format, to make the new format friendly.a,

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Bri Edwards 23 December 2020

3 because it seems the new format was made, …using NO technician. I don't believe in praying. I've NOT prayed for years; NOW I MIGHT, ….because this P-H site I have come to ‘love', now is just NOT RIGHT! (December..23rd..2020) Bri ;)

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Bri Edwards 23 December 2020

2 The site now uses "WELLCOME", which isn't the correct spelling. I used "breath" above; P-H used "breathe". I feel like YELLING! There's so much that is NOW wrong with it; we NEED a magician, Cont.

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