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Her Requiem

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Her Requiem

Within her frail shell, death abides through the final hours, I remain by her side fearing a forsaken place of webs that lie in rows of haggard fields where everything forbidden grows surrounded by caverns of mortal's deserted bones she faintly whispered, "I want to go home" Death awakens the wandering soul, affliction steps away vanishing through corridors numbered by years of pain yet, illuminates all delightful wanderings in between eternity tugs at her robe to calm the heavy laden breaths into softer mournful moans, she'll acquiesce Within a midst of welcoming hosts rapt in lucent haze, hallowed air transcends her delicate last breath, then earthly slumber ends her requiem, immersed through immortal gates never to be cast into a cold stone grave
Karen Anglesey 4/29/13

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  1. Date: 2/4/2014 10:58:00 AM

    Karen- I know this sounds ego-centered but I really feel that this poem is specifically for me, even though I wasn't writing back then. I feel that it is just one of those spiritual things. When I read this poem, I cried and that is a good thing. I know more tears will come as I see her bodily decline yet so much comfort comes from knowing she is spiritually ascending. Thank you for your comment on my two poems. You speak beautifully through your words. barbaraboyd

  1. Date: 12/9/2013 3:51:00 PM

    A very deep and haunting piece of poetry about a subject that we all must face one day. This was beautifully written, Karen! Amazing work!...Thank you very much for the kind congrats on my poem! I appreciate it!

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 12/9/2013 7:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Kelly, you're welcome. Thank you for the lovely comment :)
  1. Date: 11/10/2013 1:57:00 PM

    Really like this one!! A lot has been said on the subject here, so I will just say I love your wording, the choices you make with words. Its very effective. :)

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 11/10/2013 5:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for commenting. Much appreciated :)
  1. Date: 10/25/2013 12:08:00 PM

    Such a peaceful death painted here Karen; beautifully written.

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 10/25/2013 12:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for commenting.
  1. Date: 10/18/2013 6:57:00 PM

    Here is another good example of your talent. This one broaches the subject of ones final days with hope and peace. Something we all need to have when the final days come. My wife works in a nursing home and tells me the stories of residents who have seen their last day. The most memorable is one that I just had to write (with some embellishment). I hope you'll read, "Two Little Boxes". I had to do it in 2 parts because I ran out of characters. If you read, keep a hanky handy. Rockman :-)

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 10/22/2013 11:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Loved your poem and thanks for the detailed comments
  1. Date: 7/27/2013 2:30:00 AM

    I feel the depth of your pain and soul here. You know she will come back as an old soul in a young body. Time will take care of that. One day she will pass you in the street and your hands will touch and you will know that she lives again. For this life is a circle game. "and the painted ponies go up and down". Kilmer

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 7/30/2013 2:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for the interesting perspective. I believe the circle never really ends...thank you
  1. Date: 7/26/2013 7:47:00 AM

    a poignant poem Karen...well penned...I am faving it....

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 7/26/2013 5:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Joseph, thank you for your kind remarks :)
  1. Date: 7/15/2013 11:31:00 PM

    wow, Karen, so eloquently expressed. I think I had overlooked this gem!

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 7/16/2013 5:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Andrea, thank you for commenting. Your thoughts are very much appreciated :)
  1. Date: 7/6/2013 7:18:00 AM

    Death has no victory. That which we fear most will be our rebirth. She no longer dwells in a frail shell. Praise be to The Promise Keeper. Amen.

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 7/6/2013 9:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Richard, thank you for the in depth comments. I appreciate the point of view :)
  1. Date: 7/5/2013 10:46:00 PM

    Hi Karen....this is so beautiful...and serene. This is my second visit. Check my post below...your words do bring about the truth that for one suffering....death is a welcome thing. I believe death is a sleep from which we will be awakened when Jesus comes again. Our views differ, but we agree that for the believer....it is nothing to be feared. It's hard for those of us left behind because we muss them so much.....Lovely poem, my dear....love how the requiem becomes a song of glory....amen!!!

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 7/6/2013 9:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Eileen, thank you very much for revisiting. Your enlightened comments are appreciated offering peace and comfort to a most confusing state of being :)
  1. Date: 7/3/2013 4:37:00 PM

    tactfully handled with touching care love it Shadow x siles

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 7/3/2013 6:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Shadow, thank you very much :)
  1. Date: 6/19/2013 9:22:00 AM

    I am impressed with your wonderful way with words. Great Poetic syntax combined with eminent emotions. Thanks

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 6/22/2013 11:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Allan, Thank you very much for the inspiring words :)
  1. Date: 6/18/2013 4:23:00 AM

    I love the way you ended your poem.I guess its all about faith how we describe death.I could feel the pain as its the way so well desribed and I could feel its release when the soul passed to eternity'never to be cast in a cold graveyard'.Its the way i want to see death when it approaches my loved ones or my ownself..Excellent.

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 6/18/2013 10:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Charmain, thank you, I'm glad your were able to interpret this the way it was meant to be. I hoped it would comfort and inspire a peaceful feeling. :)
  1. Date: 5/22/2013 9:02:00 PM

    Very powerful, Karen! A delicate subject handled with grace and beauty.

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 5/22/2013 9:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Roy, Thank you so much. I appreciate your response. :)
  1. Date: 5/20/2013 8:26:00 AM

    I did not think it possible to describe with such an intensity the mourning for somebodyelse's death. You are great!

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 5/20/2013 6:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Mario, I thank you kindly for your ability to connect with the poem so deeply. I appreciate your candid remarks. Have a SOUPER evening :)
  1. Date: 5/19/2013 3:48:00 AM

    It is exceptional in a raw but ordered way. I loved it - fav poet. The last stanza is my favorite and the work is epic.

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 5/19/2013 3:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Giorgio, Your generous comments are very much appreciated. Thank you for the critique. Have a spectacular day :)
  1. Date: 5/19/2013 2:16:00 AM

    You have proven that death can be exquisite. Your talented pen stirs the air that I breathe to the point of my intoxication. Great post, my friend. I'm glad I found your portfolio. Keep the coffee warm... I will be a frequent visitor.... Jake

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 5/19/2013 2:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Jake.... I am humbled to read such gracious comments. I would be happy to have the coffee ready anytime. :)
  1. Date: 5/18/2013 1:03:00 AM

    great writing. So descriptive it is!

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 5/18/2013 10:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Andrea... thanks! Have a fine day :)
  1. Date: 5/17/2013 9:21:00 PM

    The intensity of emotion here is tremendous. I've read it several times, and it touched me every time. I was with my mother when she died. What you have written is very close to my own experience. Thank you... Jack

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 5/18/2013 10:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Jack, thank you for offering such a personal comment. I am honored that you would share so thoughfully. You are a freat poetic master. Your comments are so appreciated. Have a sun shiny day :)
  1. Date: 5/16/2013 12:54:00 PM

    Wonderful insight into the final days, Karen. Dignity and acceptance in dying with the knowledge that death is yet, another doorway, seems to bring a kind of peace that frees the spirit. Great writing! I truly enjoyed reading this. Love, Annalise

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 5/16/2013 6:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Annalise, thank you for reading and providing such a thoughtful critique. I am glad you received the message intended. Have a lovely evening!
  1. Date: 5/14/2013 5:02:00 PM

    I loved this work of art thanks for the insight on my piece.

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 5/14/2013 5:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The Situation...thank you for the generous comments. HAve a beautiful day :)
  1. Date: 5/9/2013 2:31:00 PM

    Beautiful expreesion of sympathy, respect, for the 'Passing" Karen - Death is an odd shaparone - J.A.B. %

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 5/11/2013 2:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Justin, thank you for the review. I appreciate the comments !
  1. Date: 5/8/2013 11:26:00 AM

    A sad write but still a cool poem love the rhythm here thankyou for coments on my rems poem to xxx davidscott

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 5/11/2013 2:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    David, thank you for taking the time to review. Have a lovely day !
  1. Date: 5/6/2013 6:42:00 AM

    You have dignified the most frightening fears through your words, Karen. Stay well, David

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 5/11/2013 2:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am glad you see the dignity in this. I appreciate the thoughtful review !
  1. Date: 5/5/2013 2:44:00 PM

    Karen, I relate to this totally and you've written it so beautifully, Thank you.

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 5/5/2013 3:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Richard, thank you for comment. I hope you relate in a good way. Thank you
  1. Date: 5/5/2013 1:16:00 PM

    This is a special and dignified poem. It deals eloquently with a challenging subject that we must all face one day. The last line says it all.

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 5/5/2013 2:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Richard, I am hopeful that my vision is correct. Thank you for the review.
  1. Date: 5/3/2013 12:53:00 PM

    A lil poignant but d allegorical theme is put very sublimely n gr8!

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 5/4/2013 11:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I appreciate your comments. HAve a wonderful day :)
  1. Date: 5/3/2013 7:11:00 AM

    Love it xx

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 5/4/2013 10:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    THank you very much. I appreciate your coments
  1. Date: 5/2/2013 6:35:00 AM

    Wonderful lines of poetry. Well writen.

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 5/2/2013 7:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Terry, Thank you for reviewing. I really appreciate comments
  1. Date: 5/1/2013 1:14:00 PM

    This is perfection of expression wrapped in love and pain and hope and release and a Fav for me.

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 5/1/2013 7:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Craig, I felt of of those emotions in this. Especially the hope. Thank you so very much
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