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When I'm Gone

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Writers often belong to families who forget or avoid reading the author’s work. I often wonder if there’s fear of discovery keeping them readerless.

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When I'm Gone

When I'm Gone


Will you get to know me
When I'm gone

After endings evolve into
New beginnings
When questions cease to arise

What is it about another's presence
That so often dissuades inquiry

What is it about knowing someone
Up to a point that signifies
And indemnifies against loss

Is knowing someone
Dependent on personal experience
Or can a well-defined shadow
Unseable in the sometime harshness of light
Remain spirited beyond yesterday

You'll scour the dim attic sanctum
Discover dusty boxes
Sealed up retrospect
Where passion's shadowlight still ablaze
Has remained unread for so long

I hope you'll get to know me
When I'm gone
For absence is but a convenience
Available to those seeking forgetfulness

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  1. Date: 5/23/2015 12:50:00 AM
    Hi Odin.. Here's a fun Shout Out for being a featured Soup Poet on the home page.. I'm impressed with your write! Hope you get to take advantage of the long weekend.. Blessings!

  1. Date: 5/18/2015 1:37:00 PM
    ODIN, Congratulations on having your poem featured this week. SKAT love

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 6:00:00 AM
    Dear Odin, Do not be in a hurry to leave this world yet! You have so many things To do: Poems to write, friends to make, love to discover! I like your Writing especially when you read between lines! Have enjoyed it and Made me think of my mortality! Thank you!

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 12:24:00 PM
    I found this both both beautiful and sad. Too often we intend to spend time with loved ones but wait until it's too late leaving us with yet more regrets to live with.