William Coyne

Veteran Poet - 1,122 Points (August 5,1952 / Chicago, Illinois)

No Dark Invitation - Poem by William Coyne

The dark shall come on its own.
So please, only dim the light
a bit, that I may yet see
the flowers' blooms in vases
near my present resting place.

The sheet will cover my face
in due time, breathing continue
in livelier passages,
and laughter find other voice.
Let darkness come on its own.

Let the sun shine in your hands, (Emily Dickinson 'To See Her is a Picture')
as you toss dirt on the box,
later lowered in the shade
of a simply marked grave hole,
where dark shall come on its own.

Happy stories, now and then,
pass toward the ears of men,
and women, and small children,
to remember, and forget,
that darkness came on its own.

Topic(s) of this poem: darkness, death, light

Form: Blank Verse

Comments about No Dark Invitation by William Coyne

  • Edmund Strolis (11/22/2015 7:38:00 AM)

    Solemn, somber wording that reminded me of Robert Frost...........10 (Report) Reply

    William Coyne (11/22/2015 2:44:00 PM)

    Frost is a prominent influence whenever I struggle with verses. I was also imagining a scene from
    Plato's Phaedo when Socrates is gently rebuking the tearful crowd of friends. Along with this was
    Dylan Thomas' Do not go gently into that good night, but from the viewpoint of the one leaving.
    I had some trouble with the first verse in the third stanza until I came across Emily Dickinson's poem.
    I lifted the line since it answered all the difficulty.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, November 21, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, May 20, 2016

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