Death Poems

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Remember Me
by Margaret Mead

Remember Me:
To the living, I am gone.
To the sorrowful, I will never return.
To the angry, I was cheated,
But to the happy, I am at peace,
And to the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.
So as you stand upon a shore, gazing at a beautiful sea - remember me.
As you look in awe at a mighty forest and its grand majesty - remember me.
As you look upon a flower and admire its simplicity - remember me.


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The Slave Dealer
by Thomas Pringle

From ocean's wave a Wanderer came,
With visage tanned and dun:
His Mother, when he told his name,
Scarce knew her long-lost son;
So altered was his face and frame
By the ill course he had run.

There was hot fever in his blood,
And dark thoughts in his brain;
And oh! to turn his heart to good


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The City In Which I Loved You
by Li-Young Lee

And when, in the city in which I love you,
even my most excellent song goes unanswered,
andI mount the scabbed streets,
the long shouts of avenues,
and tunnel sunken night in search of you...

That I negotiate fog, bituminous
rain rining like teeth into the beggar's tin,
or two men jackaling a third in some alley
weirdly lit by a couch on fire, that I


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by Dylan Thomas

When I was a windy boy and a bit
And the black spit of the chapel fold,
(Sighed the old ram rod, dying of women),
I tiptoed shy in the gooseberry wood,
The rude owl cried like a tell-tale tit,
I skipped in a blush as the big girls rolled
Nine-pin down on donkey's common,
And on seesaw sunday nights I wooed
Whoever I would with my wicked eyes,
The whole of the moon I could love and leave


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Death (If I Should Go)
by Joyce Grenfell

If I should die before the rest of you,
Break not a flower nor inscribe a stone.
Nor, when I'm gone, speak in a Sunday voice,
But be the usual selves that I have known.
Weep if you must,
Parting is hell.
But life goes on,
So........ sing as well.

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Rewind the Film
by Stuart Payne

I wish I had a film of you.
I’d love to see you move again,
to see the gestures that I knew
when you were here, as we were then,
and know I’d not forgotten what
was true of you and what was not.

I’d watch as if through window panes
and you still moved beyond the glass,
knowing memory remains


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Catullus Translations by Michael R. Burch
by Michael R. Burch


Catullus CI aka Carmina 101: “His Brother’s Burial”
loose translation/interpretation by Michael R. Burch

Through many lands and over many seas
I have journeyed, brother, to these wretched rites,
to this final acclamation of the dead ...
and to speak — however ineffectually — to your voiceless ashes


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Life & Death
by Saleh Ben Saleh

The world maybe bitter and dull,
to some without a meaning,
bright the eye of heaven shall shine on a day with no complaining.

Hope does fade away sometimes
on days that are restraining,
and blessed our lives can be,
content without refraining.

Life can be difficult sometimes


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Rhythm : A last few moments
by Zee K

I dreamt about beeping lines
Slowly and steadily rising
Their sudden downfall scares me
As I just heard a story

A tale of two heartbeats
One Raising inside her womb
Basking in her warmth
Nourishing themself for a long period


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Uncle ian
by James Whatever

I remember running up and down nanny’s playing hide and seek .
Now I’m wishing you was here so we could all give you a kiss on the cheek .
I remember you and Jason shouting about your rival teams
Now I’m hoping I get to talk to you in my dreams .
But what I remember most about you Ian is your smile . The way it filled a room with brightness and how you made all of us kids laugh almost everyday I love you for this I thank you and I will miss you so much xxxxx

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Popular Famous Poets about Death
  • Robert William Service
    Robert William Service (134 poems about Death)
    January 16, 1874 / Preston - September 11, 1958
  • Isaac Watts
    Isaac Watts (118 poems about Death)
    17 July 1674 – 25 November 1748 / Southampton / England
  • Emily Dickinson
    Emily Dickinson (92 poems about Death)
    10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts
  • Walt Whitman
    Walt Whitman (79 poems about Death)
    31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892 / New York / United States
  • Algernon Charl Swinburne
    Algernon Charl Swinburne (60 poems about Death)
    5 April 1837 - 10 April 1909 / London
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning (51 poems about Death)
    6 March 1806 – 29 June 1861 / Durham / England
  • William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare (51 poems about Death)
    26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire
  • John Donne
    John Donne (38 poems about Death)
    24 January 1572 - 31 March 1631 / London, England
  • Thomas Hardy
    Thomas Hardy (36 poems about Death)
    2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928 / Dorchester / England
  • Alfred Lord Tennyson
    Alfred Lord Tennyson (33 poems about Death)
    6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892 / Lincoln / England
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