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Do not cry for me you ungrateful children

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Do not cry for me you ungrateful children

Do not stand on my grave and weep 
My adult children: you see 
I was alive for 92 years, 
You never came to visit or act like you care 
I was there, I never move away 
I was the one who put food on the table 
Cloth you, during the rough days 

I shield you from the harsh reality in this world 
The world in which I must now leave 

Loneliness, heartbreak and man-made diseases 
While the wet snow creep in my old brown boot 
I count all seven of you. 
As you sip your bowls of soups 
I was there, I never made a move. 
Do not stand at my grave and weep 

For thirty years my offspring avoid me 
An evening of Psalm and Hymns 
Would never make amends; 
it’s thee end of my journey 

Do not stand at my grave and cry. 
Go shelter from the rain. 
let the cloud weep for me 
while the rivers and ravens shown solidarity. 
Do horses mind the rain/storms? 

Do not stand at my grave and weep 
The fog surround my grave like a white woven drape 
No more prays, no more tears. 



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  1. Date: 10/6/2012 5:22:00 PM
    I have ungrateful adult children of my own. The tears I have shed mean nothing to them...and this poem hit the nail on the head.... what is wrong with our modern society? My parents generation took care of their families...there was no such thing as a nursing home ....only for people with NO family...disgraceful and riveting.... thanks for the share...Victoria

    Lander Avatar Annie Lander
    Date: 10/7/2012 6:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I know the feeling, a Nursing Home is nothing more than a Prison await from home, too many prescribe medication and restains and fake Nurses and Aide ... better known as the wardens.. thank you for commenting. it really a disgrace to our society...
  1. Date: 9/13/2012 4:29:00 PM
    Beautiful poem, yet sad and true for some, I find if there is a will, they all crawl out of the woodwork, I won't have that problem : ) love Elizabeth

    Lander Avatar Annie Lander
    Date: 9/13/2012 8:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you Girl Celtic