Chris G. Vaillancourt

Silver Star - 3,046 Points (April 5,1959-june 2016 / Canada)

For Dust You Are; And Unto Dust You Shall Return - Poem by Chris G. Vaillancourt

A poem based on Genesis 3: 19

For dust you are; and unto dust you shall return.
A stack of dirt, neatly covered and withdrawn.
A hole, open and measured to conform to the box.
Mourners praying, intoning sacred, helpful words.
The priest makes the sign of the cross, voice strong.
The ritual is over, the people are invited to depart.

The hole, not quite empty anymore, is alone.
The workers fill it with the dirt, as they will.

The silence of the cemetery, the lull of natures' whispers
Plastic flowers placed on monuments of cold stone.

In the sweat of your face, until returned to the ground,
you will step in determination towards the coming end.
For every man and every woman, it will be the same.
Rich or poor, strong or weak, the grave is no different.
Repeated daily in every land upon this blue globe,
holy messages of comfort and solace are intoned.

A lone bird, sitting casually upon an old tombstone.
It fixes glances at the grass, perhaps seeking a meal?
It does not realize the shadows loitered in the ground.
Nor would it care, even if it could somehow be aware.
Nature is its own master of every creature, like the bird.
For dust you are; and unto dust you shall return.

Topic(s) of this poem: cancer, death

Comments about For Dust You Are; And Unto Dust You Shall Return by Chris G. Vaillancourt

  • Paul Sebastian (12/10/2015 6:47:00 AM)

    Chris, you have beautifuuly painted a picture of the scene at the burial ground. It jolts anyone on the reality of man returing to dust. Life would physically end there. But Christ has given us hope of resurrection. There is hope that we could pass on to the living by confessing the hope we have after life. Like what St. Paul has written: like a wink of an eye we would be with Him in paradise. We can give hope to those who feel hopeless. Give faith to those without faith. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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