Death Poems - Poems For Death - The Death-Bed - Poem by Siegfried Sassoon | Poem Hunter

Poems about death. You can read the best death poems. Browse through all death poems.


The Death-Bed - Poem by Siegfried Sassoon

He drowsed and was aware of silence heaped
Round him, unshaken as the steadfast walls;
Aqueous like floating rays of amber light,
Soaring and quivering in the wings of sleep.
Silence and safety; and his mortal shore
Lipped by the inward, moonless waves of death.

Someone was holding water to his mouth.
He swallowed, unresisting; moaned and dropped
Through crimson gloom to darkness; and forgot
The opiate throb and ache that was his wound.
Water—calm, sliding green above the weir.
Water—a sky-lit alley for his boat,
Bird- voiced, and bordered with reflected flowers
And shaken hues of summer; drifting down,
He dipped contented oars, and sighed, and slept.

Night, with a gust of wind, was in the ward,
Blowing the curtain to a glimmering curve.
Night. He was blind; he could not see the stars
Glinting among the wraiths of wandering cloud;
Queer blots of colour, purple, scarlet, green,
Flickered and faded in his drowning eyes.

Rain—he could hear it rustling through the dark;
Fragrance and passionless music woven as one;
Warm rain on drooping roses; pattering showers
That soak the woods; not the harsh rain that sweeps
Behind the thunder, but a trickling peace,
Gently and slowly washing life away.

He stirred, shifting his body; then the pain
Leapt like a prowling beast, and gripped and tore
His groping dreams with grinding claws and fangs.
But someone was beside him; soon he lay
Shuddering because that evil thing had passed.
And death, who'd stepped toward him, paused and stared.

Light many lamps and gather round his bed.
Lend him your eyes, warm blood, and will to live.
Speak to him; rouse him; you may save him yet.
He's young; he hated War; how should he die
When cruel old campaigners win safe through?

But death replied: 'I choose him.' So he went,
And there was silence in the summer night;
Silence and safety; and the veils of sleep.
Then, far away, the thudding of the guns.


Comments about The Death-Bed by Siegfried Sassoon

  • Rookie James (2/25/2018 2:00:00 PM)

    (Report) Reply

    3 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Rookie - 0 Points Andrew Rose (10/12/2008 10:56:00 PM)

    (Report) Reply

    17 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
Read all 2 comments »

Poems About Death

  1. 1. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  4. 4. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  7. 7. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  8. 8. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  9. 9. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  10. 10. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  11. 11. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  12. 12. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  13. 13. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  14. 14. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  15. 15. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  16. 16. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  17. 17. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  18. 18. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  19. 19. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  20. 20. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  21. 21. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  22. 22. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  23. 23. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  24. 24. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  25. 25. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  26. 26. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  27. 27. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  28. 28. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  29. 29. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  30. 30. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  31. 31. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  32. 32. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  33. 33. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  34. 34. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  35. 35. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  36. 36. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  37. 37. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  38. 38. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  39. 39. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  40. 40. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  41. 41. Death , Heinrich Heine
  42. 42. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  43. 43. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  44. 44. Death , William Butler Yeats
  45. 45. An Elegy On The Death Of Kenneth Patchen , Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  46. 46. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
  47. 47. Death Stands Above Me, Whispering Low , Walter Savage Landor
  48. 48. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
  49. 49. Death Of A Cockroach , Robert William Service
  50. 50. A Satirical Elegy On The Death Of A Late.. , Jonathan Swift