Dónall Dempsey

Veteran Poet - 1,546 Points (15/07/56 / Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare, Eire.)

' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' For Sale: A Life - Only One...Careful Owner. - Poem by Dónall Dempsey


He was pretending
to be

now that he was dead.

He tried on
his life

& it felt more real
than it had originally done.

His life
fitted him(somehow) better

this time

Being dead
gave life an edge

it hadn't had
when he was alive.

God...his funeral
was boring

as hell.

And in this rain.

He would have left
if he had a choice.

But now
he had the choice

of only no

He took off
his life again

& laid it gently
over a nearby tombstone

got back
into the grave

(he was tired of it
all now)

& thought he
would like to sleep

for a long
long time.

Topic(s) of this poem: love and pain

Poet's Notes about The Poem

A friend of mine 'died' and then...didn't! These were his impressions as his mind wandered about and wondered about it self. He said it was just like a movie and that he was both in and out of it at the same time. Obviously all his thoughts of death and funerals floating to the surface and made themselves known to him as he struggled to maintain his grip on life. Glad to say he has remained in this world to this day and this all seems such a dream to him now...very vivid and lucid as if he had actually lived his death in this manner.

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  • (6/24/2011 7:13:00 AM)

    A simple message to life with a mystical touch. Only a spiritual initiated person crosses the border and to seeing beyond the material. Thanks for sharing. Loved reading it cause it reminded me of my years in Ireland.xx Antje (Report)Reply

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  • (6/20/2010 4:17:00 AM)

    I think my mother must have felt that way when she died.....


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  • (6/18/2010 2:52:00 AM)

    I thought this was a quirky look at death.If you have the time try 'Headstones'. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Poem Edited: Sunday, October 5, 2014

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