Michael Walker

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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.

-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

  • Prabir Gayen (12/31/2018 5:00:00 AM)

    Fine poem on life and Death....... (Report)Reply

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  • Jez Brul (8/1/2018 8:27:00 AM)

    Great poem on life and death..Very evocative..10++++++I would like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for the congratulatory comment on my poem, Even If It Takes Forever.

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

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

    Michael Walker(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

    Michael Walker(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.

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  • 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.


    Michael Walker(4/15/2018 10:22:00 PM)

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

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  • 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

    Michael Walker(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'.

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  • Jr Cuyam (8/2/2017 8:40:00 PM)

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

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

    Thanks for noticing and typing a positive comment.

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  • 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

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

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

    A tremendous comment, and much appreciated.

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  • (7/9/2017 8:30:00 PM)

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

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

    A wonderful comment likewise, which gives me more confidence.

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  • 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

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

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

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  • (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

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  • (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

    Michael Walker(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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

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

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

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

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  • 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!

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  • Michael Walker (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.

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  • 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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Poem Submitted: Monday, June 20, 2016

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

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