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"Death Warmed Over (a poem)" by Cheryl Ann Scott

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This guy's usually just part of the background in our fantasy stories.  He deserves at least a poem...

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Sitting, watching, in sorrow and fear:

A pale old man, a horse blanket, a fire.

Warm beer and a knock at the door.

Open to winter’s cold knife wind.

It is Death himself.

Our old man’s breathing is slow,

And no one is there.

He still fights the losing battle

Not to fall asleep.

His heart, like an old clock —

Worrying: What if the clock stopped?

So he will sing songs

And wring his hands

And stay awake

While outside, in the dark pine wood,

Night is coated with ice.

The air, like a thornbush, ready to pierce the skin,

Even to draw blood.

There is no warmth.

The old man wakes, shivering,

Feels his own heartbeat in the silence.

His eyes, like watery pearls

At the bottom of some lake, shine feebly.

He is like a child — small, 

In this house.

But his lifetree has no more leaves.

It is winter, and there will be no spring.

He has prayed, and now he will forget.

The deep well of his memory has gone dry

And filled with cobwebs

That stretch like his white hair

Sparsely covering all that is forgotten.

As the fire burns to embers,

He bows his head in submission to fate

And ventures into the unknown.


--CAS 1991

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'Death Warmed Over (a poem)':
 • Created by: :-) Cheryl Ann Scott
 • Copyright: ©Cheryl Ann Scott. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Loneliness, Memories, Memory, Isolation, Elderly, Senior, Death
 • Categories: Man, Men, European Traditions, Mythology, Asian Traditions, Mythology, American Traditions, Mythology, Afterlife
 • Submitted: 2012-06-02 08:02:00
 • Views: 171

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