Tombstones Are Greedy Poem by Sarah Mkhonza

Tombstones Are Greedy

Rating: 4.7

I didn't know that
tombstones are greedy.
I came to talk to you,
and they all looked at me,
and waved unseen hands,
of named ones in the air,
that said, this one too.

I thought they fought with ants,
over their contents the bodies
of souls, mingled with dirt
but found they fight for me,
to look at them and wonder,
who lay in there so silent.

I thought I was alone,
and yet there was a contest,
fighting for my gaze,
to turn in the direction,
to which my eyes wander,
thinking of the loved one,
whose message is so clear.

Who lies in here was beautiful.
who lies in here was never sick.
Who lies in here was strong,
princess of lonely spaces she
If you do not say 'hello.'
you will miss a message,
from beyond the now.

I said a loud 'Hello! '
It echoed in the loneliness
arrested my own thinking,
and walked all the way home with me
for someone told me,
they died unfulfilled.

Friday, July 29, 2016
Topic(s) of this poem: death,life,love
Feelings after visiting a loved one's grave to put some flowers.
Dev Anand 03 August 2016

they lived and died unfulfilled......... let my life be not like that......... that was my thought after reading my poem,

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Zwelethu Siwaphiwe Shweni 19 October 2016

Oh my God! I noted the last 4 lines of the first stanza - I am frightened. Thanks for sharing Mam.

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Saint Cynosure 13 November 2016

I've been Reding you tonight and have been very pleased by your work... I love this one.

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Laurie Van Der Hart 27 March 2017

Hello Sarah! I just stumbled upon a comment you once made on a poem of mine. So I read this one of yours - very novel idea idea about tomstones being greedy. Good one! Yes, the grave is insatiable. Funny, I just wrote a poem on a similar theme: Sitting on the wall between life and death.

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Chinedu Dike 09 January 2017

An insightful piece of poetry that portrays the uneasiness around cemeteries, well articulated and elegantly penned with conviction. Thanks for sharing.

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Geetha Jayakumar 19 December 2016

Interesting write. Concluded with beautiful lines. Many lay in graveyard with unfulfilled dreams may be the time was less or didn't give priority to their dreams. Loved it.

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Mj Lemon 06 December 2016

That last stanza is amazing....the image of those gone, perhaps following the living, seeking that fulfillment they have been without...

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Spock The Vegan 03 December 2016

What an interesting poem about a visit to the graveyard. I hope you didn't go at night.

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