when all is said and done

when all is said and done

A Poem by alanwgraham
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Thoughts on the meaning of our existence!

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when all is said and done

 

when all is said and done

his final beat and final thought

extinguished

and long we may reflect,

on how we will gauge this man

his dates, of no moment

his earthly span, brief

the barest bones of what he was

his details, sparse and dry

the indisputable facts

carved sharp upon the stone

 

here lies William Brown

born 4th July 1976

died 23rd January 2013

son of Thomas and Mary Brown

 

but where lay that man we knew?

his weft and warp of daily passage

secreted deep within

his hopes and kindnesses

his loves and passions

his creativity and imagination

his patience and generosity

 

perhaps his lesson is for us all

where does a man exist?

lives he sole within himself

a house of fickle memoirs

built on shifting sands

 

no, we are much more

we endure in the memories of others

part of us, begat from parent to child

we ‘are’ in our dreams, truths buried deeply

we endure in what we create

in words, in images, in artefacts

 

not one of these, but all

make us what we are,

and will be!

 


© 2017 alanwgraham



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WOW! This feels like the kind of reminiscing one might do as we walk thru a graveyard & reflect on the barest of details available, trying to guess what kind of person lies beneath & what kind of life they might've lived. I think it's very relatable & straight out of human nature to ponder these things. It's too bad we don't spend more time on such pondering while people are still alive & might enjoy spinning a yarn with us to flesh out the basic details from a gravestone. Such thoughts of mortality are hitting us all as we live thru a time of abundant mass casualties worldwide. It can be numbing, but your poem reminds us to honor each life lost . . . *sigh!* (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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alanwgraham

1 Week Ago

Thanks for your wise comments. I have been to several funerals in the last few weeks and these alway.. read more



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Just discovered this recent piece of yours. Absolutely heart-wrenching. I have no words. A hauntingly beautiful, touching poem. Incredible.

Great work.

- G.W.

Posted 6 Days Ago


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alanwgraham

6 Days Ago

Thanks for your very kind words. I suppose we just have to get on with life and do our best while w.. read more
what legacy will we leave behind? how are lives measured? the people & things we effected? lives we touched? well done & thought provoking.

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alanwgraham

1 Week Ago

Thanks Pete. I have been at several funerals recently and they do focus your thoughts!
Regard.. read more
This excellent poem speaks in ways and words that I fully embrace. I'm also one who walks the stone gardens and thinks in similar ways.

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alanwgraham

1 Week Ago

Thanks Samuel. I haven't heard the term stone gardens before but very emotive. We know what's coming.. read more
WOW! This feels like the kind of reminiscing one might do as we walk thru a graveyard & reflect on the barest of details available, trying to guess what kind of person lies beneath & what kind of life they might've lived. I think it's very relatable & straight out of human nature to ponder these things. It's too bad we don't spend more time on such pondering while people are still alive & might enjoy spinning a yarn with us to flesh out the basic details from a gravestone. Such thoughts of mortality are hitting us all as we live thru a time of abundant mass casualties worldwide. It can be numbing, but your poem reminds us to honor each life lost . . . *sigh!* (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Week Ago

Thanks for your wise comments. I have been to several funerals in the last few weeks and these alway.. read more
Love this
It's truly special

Posted 1 Week Ago


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alanwgraham

1 Week Ago

Thanks J. I think we are all special!
Regards, alan
You cast a warm and radiant light upon an otherwise ‘stone-cold’ subject (pardon pun please). You eloquently and contemplatively ask the critical question- ‘ What is the sum of a man’s life?’...and answer with a poetic soliloquy on the many noble ways a man’s memory endures. Uplifting, inspiring, heart-felt, stunning. Deeply moving write. Bravo my friend.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


here lies William Brown
born 4th July 1976
died 23rd January 2013
son of Thomas and Mary Brown


Beautiful.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


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alanwgraham

3 Weeks Ago

Thanks mirror. I know it is a bit melancholy but two recent tragic deaths of friends made me think h.. read more
We affect many - merely by being and perhaps with or without knowing.
I too wonder as I read the gravestones of yesteryear, of the lives behind the engraved letters.

This poem caused flux in my pessimistic mood today Alan. I love the eloquence, the layout and the flow. I am at odds with some of the content - some people leave no trace. Others will be remembered for 100 years (3 or 4 generations, at most) and the 'tip of the iceberg few' will be remembered for millennia.
The lottery continues from birth - beyond death.

My fav piece by you Al.


Posted 3 Weeks Ago


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alanwgraham

3 Weeks Ago

Thanks Tony for your kind comments. I fully agree with your observations. This writing came out of t.. read more

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