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I’ll Still Be Dead

Rating: 5.0

After I die
some will mourn
Others will put on the face of mourning
They’ll gather together at two o’clock
and be home for dinner.
They’ll be wondering what’s for dinner.
Maybe they planned ahead and defrosted something.
Meanwhile, I’ll still be dead,
and all of my passions and sexual adventures and
school exams and career choices and career dead-ends

will have vanished with the whack of a baseball bat.
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... ... 30 October 2005

Can't say i agree with michael's or lamont's comments on the final stanza. The poem is simply exquisite, again this demonstrates some of your key qualities, for instance you’re talking essentially about a local event but pan it out with ‘New singers and movie stars will face the klieg lights and then slide into tell-all books and then out-of-print.’ The close of the poem is tender and beautiful.

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Michael Shepherd 09 August 2005

A perennially worthwhile theme nicely handled. But the familiar situation - can we change gear to make the last stanza unforgettable?

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Uriah Hamilton 09 August 2005

I guess, we can do our best to not go gently into that good night, but we never win that fight. Thanks for the poem.

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Raynette Eitel 09 August 2005

I really love this poem. I have my own about the same subject and was just reviewing it today and decided I wasn't brave enough to post it. Your poem is extremely well done, Michael. Life goes on and all we can do is accept it. Good work. Raynette

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