On the Death of My Father

On the Death of My Father

A Poem by Clyde Grauke
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A poem I wrote after my father died in 2002.

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In solemn procession
We joined the Traveler
When we found his feet
Were on the path to the River’s edge.
 
Out of the mists
the boatman loomed.
There was no sound
from the ominous oars,
Only the soft lapping of time…
the wash of the unavoidable
 
Standing in silent vigil
Around his last tracks in the sand
We watched and waited
As the Traveler and the boatman
disappeared without sound
Into the mists.
 
Then like a cleanup crew
At the end of a play,
We discarded the props
And picked up the pieces.
 

© 2009 Clyde Grauke


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Gee
Can imagine this played out in eerie silence,another talented writer to hopefully learn from.Enjoyed this very much Clyde

Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

you know how to do this very well, splendid and quiet

Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wow. There's too much good to mention on this one. I could write a book on the metaphors here; both extended and quipped. I was moved. And I'm not easily moved. Great flow. Poignant message. And harsh reality abounds.

Cheers!
FF

Posted 12 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Clyde Grauke

5 Years Ago

Thank you for this kind review. I had to zoom out to the level of this poem to be able to write abo.. read more
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Claude,

I too have walked this path, and it is a sad one. God's promises live forever though. That's where faith turns to sight.....when we cross over dark Jordan. This is a sad piece, but lovely in form and structure and it flows fantastically.

Thanks for sharing.

Markymark

Posted 12 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This is Incredible!! straight to my readers list! i truly enjoyed this! when my father moved on the next level in the process of evolution, my two brothers and i each wrote a eulogy for the funeral, it was a very interesting experience! Thank You for this!

Posted 12 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This was a beautiful tribute to your father. The final stanza made it fo me and struck me as very clever. I thought the whole poem flowed well

Posted 12 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Nice job, a lovely tribute for your father. Thank you for sharing. Debileah

Posted 12 Years Ago


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Clyde Grauke
Clyde Grauke

Garland, TX



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I am a digital artist and writer. I write poetry and flash nonfiction short stories. I am retired. more..

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