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Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry

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Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry

Granitic testaments
sprout unstoppable
over the hill.

I know by heart
the graveyard.

Next to the wall
first maple on the left
past the bell tower,.
our stone stands,
room for one more.

Will my final twinkling
come quick, unexpectedly,
or slowly dressed in gray breaths
as mourning doves nest
in the eaves?

In any case, don’t feel obligated to
visit my engraved memory
under which I’m really not.
If you do, when you go
leave the gate firmly latched.

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  1. Date: 10/12/2012 7:50:00 PM

    This is truly a great piece of writing which cuts a cold cloth to the core..... i shook my head whilst reading, which was initially a natural reaction, an indicator that i was totally engrossed....fabulous work kathryn

  1. Date: 8/26/2012 2:37:00 PM

    Very deep, thought provoking... final, biting irony... nice... love, Terry

  1. Date: 8/26/2012 8:06:00 AM

    Such a beautiful verse...reminds me of a poem I read when I was a child by Christina Rossetti (sp) titled as I can remember, "Remember Me When I Am Gone"...Yours is as touching and wonderful. I love it...Ah! "Leave the gate firmly latched"...Great line. Cynthia

  1. Date: 8/11/2012 10:18:00 AM

    nice write Kathryn

  1. Date: 8/8/2012 10:03:00 AM

    nice imagery. i really love that 4th verse, pondering death. which would you rather have: slow or fast?

  1. Date: 8/5/2012 11:57:00 PM

    An interesting read that places vivid images into the reader's mind.

  1. Date: 8/5/2012 3:30:00 PM

    Great one..I especially like the third line from the end..I'll meet you there if I don't meet you in person in this world..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 8/4/2012 12:27:00 PM

    awesome write, Kathryn - such powerful words

  1. Date: 8/4/2012 10:02:00 AM

    Well crafted poem,Kathryn.I like it very much.Also thanks for your nice comments on my poem.Have a good day!

  1. Date: 8/4/2012 9:22:00 AM

    Had you not stopped by my poems with your warm and such kind comments, ...I would not have found your own amazing gift of poetry. So, I must thank you twofold...thank you for your kindness, and thank you for sharing this thoughtful, and frank look at mortality!...(I agree with the sentiment!) . I must go check out other of your poems. I am happy to meet you through poetry, Kathryn!

  1. Date: 8/4/2012 9:19:00 AM

    I liked this even more the second time, Kathy. Those "mourning doves" got to me this morning - hope they were just sparrows. Love, daver

  1. Date: 8/3/2012 7:50:00 PM

    Kathryn, I hope to see lots of new poems from you posted soon. Thanks for your comments on September. I wrote it years several years ago and it's been very good to me!!

  1. Date: 7/24/2012 8:08:00 PM

    Kathryn, this poem says it all... the strength and the guts you provide are inspiring,, if you know what I mean... sometimes it is hard for me to walk away... it goes both ways.. love your poem.. stopping by to say hi & good night... xox~PD

  1. Date: 7/21/2012 10:56:00 AM

    very thought provoking write here, Kathy

  1. Date: 7/21/2012 6:31:00 AM

    Hi Kathy - I do love your poetry. This poem is introspective, honest and well-crafted. The first stanza pulled me in. Excellent title, too. Thanks for stopping by to give me feedback about my poetry. - Gail

  1. Date: 7/20/2012 10:07:00 PM

    Wow, a knockout verse to mull over; needs to be savored even if we have to go to the grave yard to do it. Love that last stanza, it wrpas it up beautifully! :)

  1. Date: 7/19/2012 11:27:00 AM

    'Next to the wall, first maple on the left'...I absolutely love it and the last verse sums it up perfectly...the title is a knock-out too! Keep writing and I'll keep reading, Kathryn - Tim

  1. Date: 7/17/2012 9:28:00 PM

    I remember this one. I especially like the last part, and where you say, "visit my engraved memory under which I'm really not." Our souls do fly away. I so much believe that!

  1. Date: 7/17/2012 8:55:00 PM

    Brilliantly done! Your phrasing and imagery are outstanding... and I LOVE the title! God bless, Keith

  1. Date: 7/17/2012 11:47:00 AM

    Powerful words penned here Kathryn, so many levels of final detachments, thank you for the sharing, I hope you didn't have nightmares yesterday night, eerie poems are not my forte, I just rose to the occasion, much rather write about love, and happiness and a pound full of daisies, I will leave the purple latch open for friendship, from here to there, hugs vie