Alem Hailu Gabre Kristos

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The Clamour Of The Silence - Poem by Alem Hailu Gabre Kristos

After the burial of
A neighbourhood child
I stayed in the cemetery
Where lash grasses, trees
And weeds grow wild.
Out of curiosity,
Inscriptions on
Headstones
I began to read.
At the height of
Her girlhood
To her parents' grief
A lass cut brief.

I noticed as runs
The adage
“Drinking one's cup
To the last dregs”
Few had passed away
At a full ripe age,
Some had ceased to be
Of natural cause
While Others
From the challenges
Life is sure to pose.

Reading, I went deep
Into the quiet wood
As far as I could.

A pregnant woman
Hit by a car
A man shot dead
In a bar!

The clamour of
The silence
Nudged me
While I still have
The license,
Repentant, my sins
I have to confess.

Then I heard from right and left
'Had we been in your feet
We wouldn't waste a minute! '
'Your sins get rid of it'
'Do it! '
'Wash it! '
'Before God
You have to stand neat! '

'While in full harness
Sins ablution
Is what must come
To your attention!
Don't wait for
Days of retribution! ”

Outside, I began my wits
To gather
To make an open breast of
My sins to
My confessing father!
What I felt after staying a bit in a cemetery
#death #sins #confession #cemetery #ablution

Topic(s) of this poem: cemetery, death, sin


Poet's Notes about The Poem

My feeling after visiting a moratorium or cemetery and reflecting

Comments about The Clamour Of The Silence by Alem Hailu Gabre Kristos

  • Alem Hailu G/kristos (9/26/2015 6:56:00 AM)


    Dear Roseann
    Thank you to your feedback that will encourage me keep on writing and refining my poems
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  • (9/26/2015 1:52:00 AM)


    Very sobering thoughts to ponder in a place where death has already taken place and there is no reprieve for anyone left there. While walking through, hearing your conscience telling you to repent before it's too late and you end up there too! Very profound thought process, Alem! Excellent poem! Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, September 25, 2015


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