Lynn W. Petty

Gold Star - 5,015 Points (3/29/28 / Newport Beach, California)

His Crossing - Poem by Lynn W. Petty

He is dead. It is over.
Did you see his face before death came;
The cancer deepened furrows
Of his brow; the medicated dilation
Of his unfocused eyes;
His almost unintelligible pleadings
For relief from pain?
Yet, at the threshold of his crossing,
A placid recognition moved
Across his face, as if a Splendor
Approached his bed.
He seemed to see, he knew.
Was that the death his faith had taught?
Would he have embraced
With ecstatic expression a skeletal form,
Robed in cloak and cowl,
Surrounded with shadowy dread,
Chilling the hearts
Of the sick and dying?
Who would have smoothed his brow?
Who would have released
His pain or caused a smile,
Except a loving friend?
There was a sweetness at his passing.
What he saw remains the eternal
Mystery; a vision, for which
He had no fear.
I think the Angel of Death
Has been much maligned.

Topic(s) of this poem: death

Form: Free Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

In memory of uncle John Reina

Comments about His Crossing by Lynn W. Petty

  • Bri Edwards (2/7/2017 5:42:00 PM)


    yes, it should be (a judgement call on my part of course) the Angel of Dying, or more specifically the Angels of Pain, Discomfort, Inconvenience, Disappointment, Grief, et al, ................ not the Angel of Death, , , , , , , , , , , , ,
    who 'deserve' to be vilified.

    i plan to embrace Death, but not so much the other stuff! ! !

    bri :)

    to MyPoemList.

    if i remember, i may use in February showcase, Section B (2017) once it is ready.

    bri :)
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  • Dimitrios Galanis (1/16/2016 1:11:00 PM)


    An elegy to a beloved who pased away a tribute to love which is the substance of tight relationships.Well penned. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 16, 2016

Poem Edited: Saturday, January 16, 2016


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