Michael Walker

Gold Star - 29,089 Points (cv48488)

Life And Death. - Poem by Michael Walker

I know well enough where I was born;
in a seaside city with two cemeteries,
where I found my grandparents' gravestones
at last; but covered in gray lichen.

The kindly sexton said she would spray them,
and I will be back to see them pristine.
My grandparents were always there for me,
you see, showing respect and etiquette.

We went to the cricket at Pukekura Park,
or wandered around the lake, watching
the canoeists gliding on the surface,
while the real action lay in the depths.

I realized that death is not the end,
when I found my grandparents last weekend.

-15 June,2016.

Topic(s) of this poem: life

Form: Sonnet


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I went to Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth close to the above date, searching for where I came from. Without the sexton's help, I would never have found the headstones in that sad place.
The phrase 'death is not the end' is the title of a song by Bob Dylan on his album 'Down In The Groove'(1988) . The song moves me and why not let Dylan have the last word on the subject?

Comments about Life And Death. by Michael Walker

  • Madhabi Banerjee (5/30/2018 1:08:00 PM)


    thanks a lot for such a briliant poem (Report) Reply

    (5/30/2018 9:16:00 PM)

    I appreciate your comment very much. Will get back to you.

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  • Kim Barney (4/18/2018 6:36:00 PM)


    I agree with you and Bob Dylan. Death is not the end. I have the names of hundreds of my ancestors and plan to meet them all some day. I only knew one of my grandfathers (my mother's father) and one of my grandmothers (my father's mother) in this life. My own mother has been gone for more than fifty years. (Report) Reply

    (5/30/2018 9:19:00 PM)

    You give a very detailed reaction to the poem, raising the question of ancestors and
    how important they continue to be in our lives. My mother passed away in 2003. Regards, Michael.

  • Robert Murray Smith (4/15/2018 10:13:00 PM)


    I have reread this touching poem. Again, I will give a top mark for sincerity and expressiveness. Hope you are well Michael.

    Regards
    Robert
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    (4/15/2018 10:22:00 PM)

    Thanks so much for your sincere comment. I still miss my grandparents, after
    fifty years.

  • Feipeng Shang (11/1/2017 2:18:00 PM)


    Why not let Dylan have the last word on the subject, and it's very moving indeed that you've found your grandparents! (Report) Reply

    (4/15/2018 10:23:00 PM)

    Thanks for noticing and typing an opinion on this poem. I like Dylan's song 'Death is not the End'.

  • Jr Cuyam (8/2/2017 8:40:00 PM)


    death is not the end. nicely done poem sir (Report) Reply

    (4/15/2018 10:25:00 PM)

    Thanks for noticing and typing a positive comment.

  • Fabrizio Frosini (7/10/2017 3:48:00 AM)


    Michael, congratulations. I had already read your excellent poem: it is surely worthy of P. of the Day! (Report) Reply

    (4/15/2018 10:27:00 PM)

    You make a generous, affirming comment indeed. I'm so grateful.

  • Rajnish Manga (7/10/2017 12:01:00 AM)


    Congrats, Michael, for being the Poet of the Day. Every time I read the poem, I remember my parents and grandparents, think of life and death and of afterlife. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (7/9/2017 9:20:00 PM)


    Death is indeed not the end, just a transition from one phase to another. I also just visited the grave of my grandparents two weeks ago today. A lovely poem and congrats for having it selected as member poem of the day! (Report) Reply

    (4/15/2018 10:26:00 PM)

    A tremendous comment, and much appreciated.

  • (7/9/2017 8:30:00 PM)


    A wonderful poem that shows death is not the end at all. (Report) Reply

    (5/30/2018 9:22:00 PM)

    A wonderful comment likewise, which gives me more confidence.

  • Anil Kumar Panda (7/9/2017 10:49:00 AM)


    What a beautiful poem about your love and respect for your grandparents. The flow and style are simply amazing. Like to read many times. Thanks for sharing.10+++ and Congratulations. (Report) Reply

    (5/30/2018 9:20:00 PM)

    Thanks very much for your analysis of what I
    was trying to say.

  • (7/9/2017 7:05:00 AM)


    Excellent poem. Heart-felt and thought-provoking. What an ending! Truly worthy of Poem Of The Day. Congratulations! You might be interested in reading about my near-death experience in my short series of poems called Soul's Journey. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (7/9/2017 4:38:00 AM)


    a wonderful poem of love and respect to those two beautiful people that you will never forget? ..............lovingly well written Michael. (Report) Reply

    (4/15/2018 10:31:00 PM)

    No, I will never forget this couple, who taught me all about manners and behaviour.
    They were strict but loving.

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (7/9/2017 3:33:00 AM)


    Life and death are both willed by God... Congrats on being chosen.... Rated 10++++ You may visit my HEARTACHES WILL NEVER LAST, BATHE YOUR HEART. and TAKE TIME TO THINK... Thanks, Michael👍 (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (7/9/2017 1:50:00 AM)


    Congratulations! This is nice to see your marvelous poem here as the poem of the day. I have already visited this poem earlier. Revisiting this poem values more. (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (7/9/2017 1:47:00 AM)


    Congratulations for being selected Poet of the Day ! (Report) Reply

    (4/15/2018 10:29:00 PM)

    Thanks for the memory and I should have answered you earlier I know.

  • Practicing Poetess (7/9/2017 1:04:00 AM)


    I KNEW this was good, the first time I read it.
    Congrats on being selected for Member poem of the day, Michael! You surely deserve it!
    (Report) Reply

  • (6/6/2017 8:23:00 PM)


    I think that a sudden ending is better than a predictable one. It stays in the mind longer.
    Dylan's song 'Death Is Not The End' is a sublime song to me. Thanks for your comment.
    (Report) Reply

  • Practicing Poetess (6/3/2017 2:27:00 AM)


    Such an abrupt ending; It caught me off-guard!
    But at least, it was a happy ending.
    Thank you for incorporating Dylan into your poem- - One artist collaborating with another!
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  • (5/9/2017 2:35:00 AM)


    Great fan of Dylan. Oddly enough I had a similar experience when doing Family History research. One of my ancestors came from the Lake District, the wettest village in England. We went up a steep slope into a small graveyard and it was only by scraping off the moss that I found my great-grandmother's gravestone. My knees were soaking wet by this time but I felt I'd brought her back to life! Yours is a very good poem, Mike. (Report) Reply

    (6/6/2017 8:26:00 PM)

    Thanks for your thoughts and comparisons. Some of Dylan's songs are huge-like
    'Death is not the End'.

  • (2/1/2017 10:23:00 AM)


    A lovely poem Michael. It reminds me so much of my Grandmother who was always there for me and still remains in my thoughts many years after her passing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, June 20, 2016

Poem Edited: Sunday, July 3, 2016


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