RESURRECTION MAN

RESURRECTION MAN

A Poem by alanwgraham
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Thoughts on eternity

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Resurrection Man

 

not long now; pray god, pray god

not long now; bare bones, bare bones

all that remain of what I was

that span of being; so sweet, so brief

such hopes; most dashed, some grasped

dust to dust; no, not quite yet

 

body and soul; fading little by little

lingering long among these bones

my earthly essence, not quite eternal

loitering, lingering; too, too long

within this squalid corpse of mine

  

if I had eyes, what sights I’d see

if I had tongues, what tales I’d  tell

if I had wits, what thoughts I’d weave

 

oh mother, dear mother

I shiver at the enormity of eternity!

 

but even as I tremble at the abyss;

crumbled, mossed, wormed

murmurs and memories of friend and foe

now unpick; my long, earthy, picking apart

pull me fearfully, seductively

back to that last, and first, breath

my rebirth, my resurrection

 

until at last; my time has come

petrified; I lie within my box

the nails are pulled, the lid is raised

then borne to my death bed

where friend and foe await


one breathe; is all it takes

to resurrect this mortal frame

I find my tongue and ask

'your memories fetched me back

now speak of them in truth'



 


 

 

 

 


© 2019 alanwgraham


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i see this a different way. It is like an awakening. The speaker feels that the end of life is coming, that his life is no longer worth living...time to go...give up...all that good stuff...and then something happens to resurrect his zest for life...his need to exist...his purpose...
and he gets a second chance at a first chance.
anyway...i like poems that hit my in the eye like this one...and then i say to myself...what was that about?
j.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

2 Weeks Ago

Thanks Jacob. This poem was triggered by someone on the radio saying that in one sense we live on un.. read more



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i see this a different way. It is like an awakening. The speaker feels that the end of life is coming, that his life is no longer worth living...time to go...give up...all that good stuff...and then something happens to resurrect his zest for life...his need to exist...his purpose...
and he gets a second chance at a first chance.
anyway...i like poems that hit my in the eye like this one...and then i say to myself...what was that about?
j.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

2 Weeks Ago

Thanks Jacob. This poem was triggered by someone on the radio saying that in one sense we live on un.. read more
This is one of my favorite poems of yours that I've ever read. This has an intriguing point of view & things are expressed in your usual snappy style of commentary, with a lyrical lilt. As people seem to be dropping around me like flies recently, I wonder how I ever got to be this age where my contemporaries are routinely dying of "natural causes"?!?! So the pondering in your poem really tickles my fancy, since I find the topic of death to be wide open, as far as what's out there & who gets what!!??! I love how you use dramatic language with a wry twist (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


This one seems to reflect the belief that immortality consists of how we are remembered by others. If such a belief is valid, some individuals have achieved it. There is as much proof for it as there is for reincarnation. Interesting write.

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alanwgraham

1 Month Ago

Thanks John. You have expressed my idea for this perfectly that in some sense we linger on in the me.. read more
An interesting piece as the protagonist reflects and considers their own mortality and the concept of eternity. This compact freeverse certainly provided food for thought!

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Month Ago

Thanks John, this is meant to be the prelude to a longer ponder that I've be boning up on for a whil.. read more

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alanwgraham

Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom



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Married with three grown up kids, I retired early from teaching physics but have always enjoyed a second life enjoying the outdoors, particularly the mountains. In my mid forties I experienced a manic.. more..

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