Death: In Poetry

Death: In Poetry

A Poem by Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
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An odd little write...written in dead of night

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Death: In Poetry

(A silent song)

By

Carlos Lorenzo Estrada 


Where hides death

Beneath the shoals of limerick 
In sea of turquoise discontent 

Far within an absent heart
to breed beneath its broken parts


Where lies death

Beyond a tiny mote of dust
Tethered to our hate and lust

To feel atrophy inside
Withered in our pride 


Where walks death 

In tangent dreams of flight and fall
bereft of sorrow, joy, or calm

Within these memories of past
In friendships which never last 


Where speaks death

Within the silence of our mind
That hide the heartbreaks of our crime

In the destruction we left behind
Of our apathy so unkind 


Where lives death

In all the mysteries never known
Within callous heart made of stone 

It dances to a song of despair 
yet sings to a melody that lingers in air


Where is death...when needed

© 2022 Carlos Lorenzo Estrada


Author's Note

Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
Wish I had a cool story about how this piece came to exist, but I promised death I would keep it to myself. CLE

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I loved the poem. It really pulls the reader in.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you Alishba for your thoughts on this piece. I feel the same about it because of the dance in.. read more
'Where is death...when needed'
hangin with his twin shadow
always there seldom seen close at foot only a thought away
death does not ride the dark horse
it slumbers away the hours until the moment arrives
the gatekeeper if you will
denier of paradise
prerequisite of eternal life
the jokes on you ... this is all there is

as always your writes feed the imagination offering food for thought

Posted 2 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you Keith. I like what you wrote. I like dark evocative images painted by words. And this is r.. read more
keith

1 Month Ago

ok ... you asked for it you got it toyota!
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Posted 2 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me on this poem.
A splendid poem CLE. The imagery, as well as meter and rhyme, harken back to days of old'n time, the great lyrics of Shakey Bill, Blind John, and the melancholy Pope. Really really enjoyed the read. And the killer last couplet is to die for :)

Ken

Posted 2 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you Ken for sharing your thoughts with me. I love dancing with words and painting evocative i.. read more
After many speculations, an abrupt question: Where is death....when needed? Those in intractable pain or debilitating dementia must ask this question often. For all of the dread inspired by the big sleep, our attitude is yet mixed. A lot of good observations in this one, but in the end, there is only one certainty: It is coming. That said, maybe Marcus Aurelius had the most sensible attitude: Death is but a natural process, and therefore not to be feared.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Months Ago

I agree wholeheartedly with that belief about death and its inevitability. We can wax poetic, or no.. read more
A really fine poem Carlos. I think I might like it even more if somewhere in the body there was a little tension added, a little break in rhythm before the rhythm restarts on into the conclusion.

Winston

Posted 2 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Months Ago

Thank you Winston for your comment. For the subject this poem is discussing you're probably right. .. read more
Oh my goodness Carlos...
Such a difficult topic to write about...when so close to home... I love the divisions you made in your poem..
asking just the right questions and then at the end wanting to know where death was when one needed it. This gave me shivers.
The thing is that your poem came to exist because this hard question is within us all and you were open enough to write it down... I say bravo...
I wrote a poem, Forevermore, about my own death.. not sure if you read it or not...
Lisa, now in Tarragona, Spain..for 5 days

Posted 2 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Months Ago

Thank you Lisa for your thoughts on this poem. I very much enjoyed your remarkable poem Forevermore.. read more
This is wonderful verse. And I enjoyed reading it. I read it over several times. I'm reminded of a Biblical verse, "Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55 Your poem searches out the abode and motives of death but not the victory over it. Do any have victory? Is there no balm in Gilead? I like what the poet John Donne wrote about it nearly four centuries ago in his famous poem, "Death Be Not Proud. It's also called Holy Sonnet 10.

Death, Be Not Proud

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou are not so;
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

3 Months Ago

Excellent comment Fabian. I recently read an article on Donne and his work. I so very much enjoyed.. read more


it was quite an honour to find this Carlos .. it reminded me, not only of my own mortality, but also, of why I first fell in love with this particular art form ................ Neville

Posted 3 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

3 Months Ago

Thank you kindly Neville for your review. It means a lot. Death is not an easy subject and even wo.. read more
Deep resonance in this write. Well penned as always CLE

Posted 3 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

3 Months Ago

Thank you JP coming from you these words truly mean a lot to me. I really appreciate it.

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