Life And Death. - Poem by Michael Walker
I know, or I think I know, where I was born.
New Plymouth, 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 cleaned.
My grandparents were always there for me,
teaching me respect and etiquette.
My grandfather and I used to to the cricket
at Pukekura Park, then we wandered around the lake,
watching the canoes gliding on the surface,
and listening to the magic fountain play.
I realized that death is not the end,
when I found my grandparents last weekend.
Poet's Notes about The Poem
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?
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