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The poet dies, but does not die
if he has left a line
black inked upon enduring page
or lingered on the mind.

With no thought than to see it grow,
the gardener plants a tree,
his immortality assured,
by shade for posterity.

A way to prove that we were here,
a child in whom, our truths appear.

Copyright © Joyce Johnson | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 12/28/2016 4:05:00 PM

    I love this Joyce. This reminds me of a poem I wrote called, "Living, Dying, Giving, Trying." I wrote it on 10/23/16. Check it out, I think you'll find a common thread. Take care, Rich.
  1. Date: 12/24/2016 11:49:00 AM

    This is very remarkable! If reading makes a man, writing makes him even a complete man. A 7 soup rating for this. Congrats on the win.
  1. Date: 11/27/2016 10:44:00 AM

    love this thoughtful write, dear Joyce. So glad you enjoyed Thanksgiving with the family xx
  1. Date: 11/26/2016 8:11:00 AM

    Poets believe their hope for immortality is in their words...and it is. Congrats on a great poem.
  1. Date: 11/22/2016 8:30:00 PM

    Hi Joyce. Touchè. These thoughts have been milling in my head too and its brilliantly written. You said it first.
  1. Date: 11/12/2016 4:51:00 PM

    Now this poem, really resonates with me, as I am sure it must with all poets! So delightful, not to mention so true! Congrats on the win! Well deserved!
  1. Date: 11/8/2016 12:13:00 PM

    Dear Joyce, awesome poem, immortality through our deeds! Congratulations on top win!//love,Anu:)
  1. Date: 11/7/2016 4:07:00 PM

    Such a wonderful poem. I enjoyed this write :)
  1. Date: 11/5/2016 5:15:00 PM

    So love, Joyce, and so much truth in your gentle poem. Congratulations on your fine placement on this short list of winners. Hugs, Sandra
  1. Date: 11/5/2016 12:11:00 PM

    Very beautiful poem, Joyce. The wisdom and truth is self-evident. It is a fave of mine for sure. I love the last two lines. Very enlightening poem. Love and peace to you, grand lady. RW (Romantic Warrior)
  1. Date: 11/5/2016 10:36:00 AM

    A 7 for your thought-provoking, WINNING poem, Joyce! Janice
  1. Date: 11/5/2016 8:03:00 AM

    So true, Joyce. Congrats on your win. Agnes
  1. Date: 11/5/2016 3:41:00 AM

    This is absolutely beautiful, and true. Many congrats on your fine win, dear Joyce. Lainey
  1. Date: 11/4/2016 6:03:00 AM

    So nice ... 'The poet dies, but does not die' - wonderful line ... great ...
  1. Date: 11/3/2016 6:16:00 PM

    Such truths Joyce...beautiful poetry