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Death Is Nothing At All - Poem by Henry Scott Holland

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before only better, infinitely happier and forever we will all be one together with Christ.


Comments about Death Is Nothing At All by Henry Scott Holland

  • Veteran Poet - 1,286 Points Lily Ives (5/6/2020 1:36:00 AM)

    I love this paragraph: Life means all that it ever meant...There is absolute unbroken continuity. The words are beautiful, intuitive and insightful. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie ABDUL QAYYUM MULLA (4/22/2020 1:56:00 AM)

    Never death is nothing at all, dear when the times of food end that time for death, god knows about everything I am poet I can understand you but my right is teach what wrong, so I teach you but I could not level of you, your poem in top of hots poems congratulation dear poet..Abdul Qayyum Mulla (Report) Reply

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  • Freshman - 932 Points Anthony Liccione (2/23/2020 3:28:00 PM)

    Good take on a view of death.. always have hope! (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Liz Evanko (2/8/2020 3:52:00 PM)

    Helps me so very much in my sorrow (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 113,320 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (2/8/2020 1:30:00 AM)

    One of the most capturing and substanceful works I have seen on this site since Michael Shepherd and Herbert Nehrlich....[FjR-2020] (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 62,309 Points James Mclain (1/14/2020 6:03:00 PM)

    This poem of death is like life all around us. (Report) Reply

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    Rookie Astroken (2/14/2020 6:25:00 AM)

    Not impressed.. ur mum

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  • Rookie Julia (12/6/2019 7:34:00 AM)

    Lovely and comforting poem but it did bring a tear to my eye. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Andre (12/3/2019 10:21:00 PM)

    I am a Christian. While it is likely that the priest-author would agree with the added sentiment, it is NOT right that anyone should add to this work. The site should remove this version if it true that it has been modified/adulterated. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 435,916 Points Kumarmani Mahakul (9/17/2019 6:28:00 PM)

    Life means all that it ever meant and death is nothing at all. This is a true path to renew life. We should not at all fear death. Everything is amazingly said here. An excellent sharing is done really... (Report) Reply

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  1. Death Be Not Proud

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  2. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death

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