Uriah Hamilton

I’ll Learn One Day What They Know

I ran into Tammy Alderman today.
She asked me, “Do you know
Jerry West died last month of a heart attack? ”
I told her, “No, I didn’t know.”
She then asked, “Do you know
Paul Graff died a year ago
With a brain tumor? ”
I said, “No way! Not Paul!
He was a complete sweetheart,
I knew him from kindergarten!
I’ll think about him now
For the rest of the night! ”

From my teens on,
I’ve gazed at death
With lustful eyes,
But my grade school
And high school pals
Have perished instead!

Like Allen Ginsberg wrote
In a poem from the1970’s,
“I never learned to die.”

From the Master’s poem: Ode to Failure

Poem Submitted: Friday, March 3, 2006
Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 7, 2006

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  • Declan McHenry (3/5/2006 1:55:00 PM)

    Uriah, I'm sorry but this one made me laugh. The irony is spot on even if the subject is macabre. Excellent job!

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  • Duncan Wyllie (3/4/2006 1:03:00 PM)

    You have so much tallent, let us see ALL! the brilliance.Don't hide it in a shadow.Your far too special.love Duncan

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  • Sandra Fowler (3/4/2006 9:10:00 AM)

    My heart is touched by your sadness, but your gift has survived it all. God has not forgotten you.Praise for your eloquent poem.

    from,
    Sandra

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  • Charles Chaim Wax (3/3/2006 7:54:00 PM)

    a heart so steeped
    in honesty
    will do well
    and
    prosper
    and the lust
    soon shall flip
    from death
    to the great uplifting
    power
    of creation
    and though sadness seems
    perpetual
    it cannot
    be perpetual
    the need to create
    defies
    everything
    life can throw against
    the sensitive soul
    a great poem

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  • Poet Dragon (3/3/2006 7:22:00 PM)

    I read this and the first thing in my mind is not death, but perhaps a feeling of moving, of growing to some end. Different words invite in us different feelings and flashes of insight or inspiration. I enjoyed the read because it not only told a story, but it also told a lie.

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  • Lamont Palmer (3/3/2006 6:57:00 PM)

    Interesting poem about facing one's mortality, with resignation or longing. -LP

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  • Mary Nagy (3/3/2006 6:53:00 PM)

    Uriah, you are always writing what my brother says to me.......very sad. My brother feels this same way, wouldn't commit suicide because he feels it's wrong but almost longs for the time of his death. Very sad. I wish you didn't feel like this. You're here for a reason. Sincerely, Mary

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