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Love All Things Dead

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Love All Things Dead


Till at least I join them, I’ll
love all things dead.
It’s not macabre;
I won’t apologize.

Autumn is everywhere;
quietly silhouettes
of greener times
reach to me.

The dead don’t always die.
Petrified, they lay a path
for us to follow;
surely follow,

I am telling you – the ones I knew in life,
the dead I never met, are with me.
They sit with me and chat
from behind the veil,

not always recognizable,
smartly disguised.
startling me,  
flashers quick to flight.

Lingering in poems,
walking leaves of history, 
the dead descend.
They re-live.  Re-live.


© Kathryn McL. Collins
revised November 5, 2012

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  1. Date: 11/27/2012 9:39:00 PM
    I love dead things too, especially fallen leaves and broken old trees, lovely poem!

  1. Date: 11/23/2012 2:01:00 PM
    Extraordinary! I love your phrasing, and your philosophical approach to death. You give us so much to think about! Well done Kathy! Love, Keith

  1. Date: 11/19/2012 10:02:00 PM
    I love this poem..I believe our loved ones that have passed are all around us. Thank you for such a compassionate comment on my "Broken" poem...xxoo Holly Moore

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 2:53:00 PM
    I love this beautiful write, Kathryn.

  1. Date: 11/8/2012 10:53:00 AM
    Kathy, this is very good... perhaps a bit depressing, perhaps a bit inspiring... certainly very thought provoking... in any case beautifully expresssed... I'm not sure how I feel after having read it just now, several times... the mark of a deep poem... Terry

  1. Date: 11/8/2012 8:21:00 AM
    Never thought about embracing the dead - the past - without judgement, or dismissal. Does the mind only create "present" from the "past"? The veil is thin, indeed. Really enjoyed this thought provoking poem, John

  1. Date: 11/6/2012 5:30:00 PM
    Wow, Kathryn!...'Green eye of envy'...perfect!...write a haiku around it and enter the contest! - Tim

  1. Date: 11/6/2012 2:10:00 PM
    Fascinating and riveting...this is entirely off the subject but I'm not sure I believe in Heaven OR Hell...I think it's arrogant and even sacrilegious for a mortal to claim they know where we all go after we die...but THEY know!...Thanks for this wonderful poem, Kathryn...your friend and fan - Tim

  1. Date: 11/5/2012 3:23:00 PM
    this is very beautiful...