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Shish, don’t wake the dead!

The sculpted angel holds
Her finger to her lips and
Lichens on her limbs attest
To the time she has spent
Tender breathing silence.

About the gravestone
Graver still, little trinkets
Rest; gifts that stay
Tranquil .

The silent scene is set
But in my mind I hear
The sods of earth upturned
By the diggers spade.
I hear the sculptors
Chisel chip marble
Away to reveal the 
Angel’s skin .
I hear taught ropes
Slide beneath the casket and
I hear the sobs of loved
Ones in the breeze.


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  1. Date: 6/12/2010 12:37:00 AM
    your imagery and emotion made me weep as it pulled me in my own memory

  1. Date: 5/3/2010 2:13:00 PM
    I hear the sobs of loved ones in the breeze..deep dear David.. and the Shish says much more..great poem..intense emotions..Charma

  1. Date: 5/3/2010 11:18:00 AM
    From the poetry I have been reading today I can see the weekend handed out a lot of inspiration. I enjoyed reading your poetry today and wish you continued inspiration thank you for sharing David. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/3/2010 6:48:00 AM
    sad poem, enjoyed reading today.

  1. Date: 5/2/2010 10:14:00 PM
    Shish, this was a very nice one you have here

  1. Date: 5/2/2010 7:13:00 PM
    Angels fascinate me... as I collect them.. I have close to 3000 now all around my home and they all have names and are catalogued... luv your fluent words to describe every line so perfectly... making this a new fav..David.. with luv from the "Sweetheart"