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

  • Robert M SmithRobert M Smith (8/5/2020 6:59:00 PM)

    This poem exposes the reality of the dead in graves. Well expressed. Impressive.

    Congratulations on your ascension to sixth in the popularity stakes.(Report)Reply

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  • Vaibhav SimhaVaibhav Simha (4/22/2020 3:18:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem, as expected. I'm at a loss of words. Can I assume that the last line of the poem is an adaption of a line from William Shakespeare's 'Fear No More'?(Report)Reply

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  • Lidia HRISTEVA (3/9/2020 3:18:00 PM)

    Brilliance of thought and philosophy, delivered with emotional greatness and insightful wisdom...(Report)Reply

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  • Magadha RaniMagadha Rani (2/15/2020 4:51:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem dear madam! My great pleasure reading it....to my favorite box!(Report)Reply

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  • Budhashaya Behera (2/10/2020 7:17:00 AM)

    If brain is torn no need to be worried. If tears are dried up, there is no need to be worried. Because God is here with us and we can pray him. His power can give us recovery. Reading your great poem I have become very emotional. Thank you very much for sharing...10+(Report)Reply

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  • Kesav EaswaranKesav Easwaran (2/8/2020 7:56:00 AM)

    Beautiful write. Deep. Philosophy of life and the Power above. Nice rendition your poem provides Valsa.10+(Report)Reply

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  • A B FanikiA B Faniki (1/26/2020 3:52:00 PM)

    Brilliant simply brilliant, I love it so much I to pocket in my pocket and read it from time to time.10+(Report)Reply

    Valsa GeorgeValsa George(1/27/2020 8:02:00 AM)

    I feel honored dear friend! Thanks a lot A B Faniki!

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  • Magadha RaniMagadha Rani (1/6/2020 11:03:00 PM)

    A marvelous poem dear madam! Your fourth stanza is my favorite one! Brilliantly penned! I am a new poetess in this site, I enjoy reading beautiful poems. I admire and love your unique style of penning! For this great poem.....10/10(Report)Reply

    Valsa GeorgeValsa George(1/27/2020 8:00:00 AM)

    Thanks a lot Magadha for your highly encouraging comment!

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (7/20/2019 2:15:00 AM)

    Dust unto dust......much remains....it is biblical.... beautiful poem...///(Report)Reply

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (7/11/2019 10:15:00 PM)

    The briny tears have dried
    The sounding knells are stilled
    The grieving crowd, dispersed
    The parting pain, allayed... beautiful poem(Report)Reply

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (7/11/2019 10:15:00 PM)

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

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  • Jane Campion (7/6/2019 9:59:00 PM)

    Life came from stardust and returns. Beautiful poetry, dear Valsa.(Report)Reply

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir 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(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia 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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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (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!(Report)Reply

    Valsa GeorgeValsa 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-austinRose 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.(Report)Reply

    Valsa GeorgeValsa 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-austinRose 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.(Report)Reply

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  • AFFAQ  NABIAFFAQ NABI (3/4/2019 4:55:00 AM)

    A beautiful ghazal conveying a righteous message
    - -intrsting(Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran NairParameswaran 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 PathakAniruddha 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?(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, July 22, 2012

Poem Edited: Sunday, July 22, 2012