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death, family, funeral, grandfather, tribute,
Written by Gail DeBole
In memory of my grandfather
Nice Day For a Funeral
(You were always old. I can't remember a
time when you were not.)
(And you had no past before the first time I
became aware of your presence.)
(The weather huddled the mourners together.
It was a cold day, but the sun was out to pay its respects, also.)
(I huddled with the rest. Echos of
the service left a sad taste in my soul.)
(The Rabbi had spoken of you like an old friend.)
(And convinced me of your close
lifelong brotherhood with him.)
Funeral, Eulogy, or Memorial Service Poetry Contest
Gregory R Barden
we watched a
world weeping blood
one man's heavenly hope
humanity's horror ...
steel like butter, melting
strange birds in stranger air ... flailing
sirens in chorused agony
for those whose voices were silenced
perfect azure vault, stained
with poison ...
breath of ashen brutality
the incense for an evil anointing
a somber search for survivors
for bodies, answers, hope ... for God ...
death screamed at the sky and opened the keep
(truth tumbling into darkness)
two decades down and
it still whispers ...
Leo Larry Amadore
courage, death, dedication, farewell, friendship, goodbye, grief, health, life, loss, miss you, sad, sorrow, sympathy, tribute,
R.I.P. William Dale Eubanks
d. July 1, 2012, aged 68 yrs., Tennessee Ridge, Tennessee
Death came as no surprise
the first Sunday in July;
it claimed you, on a ridge in Tennessee,
with kin who took you in and waited with you
through the last hard days.
You kept what fears you had well hid,
did not betray with loud complaint
the fate you could not but know awaited.
A smile, a joke, a hug – exotic meals –
And genuine interest greeted all you met.
And you were, certainly, never boring
but well-traveled and smart beyond the telling.
We’ll miss your wit, your bright demeanor,
and will remember all you freely gave ---
and what you took from us
with your passing.
allegory, animal, beauty, betrayal, christian, corruption, creation, environment, grief, murder, nature, tiger, tree, tribute,
She prowls the night
with clenched jaw and pride,
nothing able to smite
her remorseless stride.
The ominous reflection of moon
shines forth from devouring eyes
of a nocturnal beauty spun on the loom
of the Creator's bid and sighs.
Grace moves her every limb
and she precedes an enraged scream
caused by ruins of a forest now grim
and held alive by all but one stream.
Her claws prophesy of vengeance
though her heart yearns for reconciliation.
Yet now there would be no leniency
for a soul's annihilation.
Now on journeys through lush valleys and ashes
she will embark
until all that remains after furious thrashes
will be the tigress' mark.
celebrity, death, obituary, suicide, sympathy, tribute,
A good man's gone, loved by us all
on the screen both big and small.
The fire is cold, the lights are out.
His soul's moved on, without a doubt.
The laughter's gone that masked the pain.
The house is still and peace does reign.
He fought his battles on life's wild ride,
but lost his war with the demons inside.
How can one thrive on acclaim and wealth
without the love of one's own self?
I hope you found the peace you sought.
The life you lived won't be forgot.
July 5, 2015
Berteena Harmony Of The Soul
bereavement, cancer, grief, loss, lost love, native american, tribute,
knew a Tiger
who swam with dolphins
along the razor’s edge
meditated with a yellow bird
under his honey’s tree
in a west coast garden.
from an indigenous
sung his songs
5-7-5 and 5-7-5-7-7.
beloved’s last kiss
left him fragrant roses
when she crossed over.
beads, sky lanterns,
and a beautiful
he crying with Coyotes
to the moon or on
heaven’s Windswept Shore?
knew a Tiger
with the wind.
Harmony of the Soul
PoetrySoup Poem of the Day - January 29, 2019
adventure, art, confusion, daughter, dedication, devotion, fantasy, funny, growing up, happiness, hope, imagination, inspirational, life, love, mystery, nature, on work and working, on writing and words, passion, peace, romance, social, sympathy, teen, thank you, time, travel, tribute, uplifting, visionary, words,
Extraordinary, I am
Craving for unusual thoughts
Endless exploration without boundary
Understanding the gift I shouldn't fought
Invisible drawings in my mind
Playing with the words in my head
The food of my soul
I feel so lucky
The random thoughts
A lifetime companion
A self esteem builder
A goal planner
Be my forever life saver
I write more
I talk less
I want to please
I chose to bore
What tickles me the most
Is to know what I'm for
Thinking is my love
When my mind goes empty
That's when I hate
My day dreaming lust
Organizing things in my mind
Playing roles of simulation
Where images of art is my vision
And words of attitude is my heart
death, farewell, goodbye, grief, memory, missing, tribute,
I lost you out there.
You never came on home.
I called for you and I called to you,
but you never came on home.
I lost you out there,
in the bushes and the brush.
I called for you and I yelled for you,
but you never did come home.
Don't say you couldn't hear me.
I won't listen if you do.
I lost you, and I left you,
and you never came on home.
I lost you out there,
but it's what you seemed to want.
I yelled for you for nights and days,
but you never once yelled back.
I walked and walked between the trees,
squinting toward the sun.
I called for you and I screamed for you,
but no, you never did come home.
children, death, december, farewell, murder, school, tribute,
There are no words that we can say,
About the tragedy that happened on that December day.
When an elementary school came under attack
And all those little lives will never come back.
Our hearts cry out and eyes fill with tears,
For the parents who now have to face their worst fears.
Their child is gone taken away
On that tragic December day.
Innocent children from age’s five to ten,
What could they have possibly done to meet such a tragic end.
And to the teachers whose lives were also lost,
You protected the children and paid the ultimate cost.
written by nancy stoy
angel, dedication, farewell, grief, how i feel, inspiration, poetess,
My heart grieves for the loss of a talented Quill
For the Inspiration she warmly gave to this newbie
From the sunlight of Skat's words of Wisdom
To the moonless midnight of a heart forlorn
Memories, smiles, and joy become shadows of the past
May the Spirit of poets past descend upon her heart
That she may see the Admiration and Love that Skat receives
(From me anyway) and many others I'm sure.
I Love You Skat and intend to read all of YOUR Quill after I finish
the comments on Your last post. As Chef says I bow to you and
hand You The GOLDEN Pen of Poetry. You are my guiding ANGEL
Reason A. Poteet
In the pauper's field, the wild cornflowers bloomed,
nature's timeless blessing on those entombed.
absence, angel, appreciation, bereavement, bird, paradise, tribute,
to my son, Tito
A handful of sand in the angel's palm,
how often you strummed and sifted the metaphor
of Long Beach (since you were four and rolled
and unrolled and jotted down the specks of time
as if you knew what was behind the flimsy skies
that threw your quantum song asunder).
creation, death, destiny, family, farewell, giving, tribute,
a race to leave
posted on August 2, 2018
death, faith, hope, longing, remember, solitude, tribute,
i’ve had a lovely life
here I bask in solitude
and think of those I miss
AP: Honorable Mention 2020
Posted on March 7, 2020
A Haiku Trilogy
We found you dear cat.
Smokey, dead you,beauty you!
Our soul tears splash, splash.
Gone to Rainbow Bridge!
Playing with butterflies galore,
Milk in rainbow bowls!
No more fur to kiss.
Balls you chased such,feline grace!
Angel, ours,at Rainbow gates!
January 3, 2020
Gregory R Barden
death, new york, september, tribute,
* To all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 *
sublime and cloudless and bright
I watched the birds
the strange, colorful birds
flitting in the sun of
a perfect, pristine morning
taking to the sky in flight
soaring, drifting, falling, falling ... falling
odd, they had no feathers
no wings to press against that
glorious September air
but beautiful in their way ...
in their deadly, dancing descent
until the screams were
close enough to hear ...
and the sickening thud of their bodies ...
angel, death, inspirational, life, love, peace, tribute,
Our sanctuary is our togetherness
Where tenderness thrives effortless
We’ve always forged ahead never sitting on the sidelines
Traveling roads of scattered joys and landmines
Depths of unity a pearl that’s rare to find
Time lasting beyond the confines of our mind
Fighting uphill battles and life’s rollercoaster ride
Reaching journey’s end with nowhere left to hide
Once the dragons have all been slain
There’s a haven where you will feel no pain
Comes the hour that can no longer be outrun
Fear not the sleep in arms of angels, loved one
Submitted on August 17, 2020 for contest SANCTUARY sponsored by SILENT ONE - RANKED 2ND
death, dedication, husband, longing, love,
loves longing takes me across the river
over the mountains and along the shore
you are here because i will it so
and because love knows no boundary
your body is gone but your love
lives here within my heart
my days grow shorter and my nights
seem darker now
i am sad at times because you are gone
happier still to have had you in my life for so long
your love is here and my breath is your breath
and will remain so until i can no longer inhale
goodbye my love
until we meet again...
courage, death, dedication, family, freedom, funeral, grief, mother, patriotic, thank you, tribute,
I stand at your grave.
I do not know your name.
I know not where you are from.
Where you fought,
nor where you died.
The horrors and pain you suffered,
were not in vain.
The death and destruction brought you pain.
I weep at your grave,
for the life you gave.
I weep for the Mother,
that gave you that life.
I kneel before your grave.
I bow my head in gratitude to you,
The Unknown Soldier.
angst, death, dedication, family, loss, sad, thank you, tribute,
Sweet little girl who snuck upon her mom
without plans already in place to meet,
you’re a tiny hero, a bitter balm
for the wound that left an empty car seat.
A routine visit that ended in tears,
and an operation for the next week.
My sister’s truth was a mother’s worst fear,
never to hold her babe, to stroke her cheek.
After the grim appointment, her eyes glazed
her heart rate jumped high, and her fever raised.
Illness would have stolen her, but for fate.
You had asked a favor at heaven’s gate.
Thank you for saving my sister, sweet one.
I wish though, it didn’t mean your life was done.
death, dedication, poems,
Tribute to APJ Abdul Kalam
Most respectfully dedicated to
Shri APJ Abdul Kalam,
Our beloved Ex-President of INDIA
You left us with a shock
You left us with a tear..
You left us with your books
You left us with your words
You left us with your missiles
You deserve not just a word
To properly describe you
To honour and acknowledge you
To show the respect we have for you
We say 'Kalam Tujhe Salaam"
You lived as right as a man can live,
You showed love and respect for fellow man,
You led by example to things Godly
And even in death,
You were there for the young minds
REST IN PEACE,
APJ ABDUL KALAM--
allegory, anxiety, business, simple, sympathy, tribute, word play,
Wesley Melvin Buchan, also known as Wesmechan,
was a pusillanimous and a good-for-nothing,
although some people consider him a charlatan,
this scoundrel's office runs like a three-ring
circus. Oddly enough, many his coworkers and
classmates fear him no end, like a spider obsessed
with the asphyxia of planets, but the magic wand,
however, whether you like it or not, will infest
your brain and your wallet. Far from being a panegyric
this is indeed a diatribe, injected by venomous expletives,
deserved by this lunkhead, Wesley, a most idiotic
waste of space but I love him, although he's not my relative.
international, rainforest, sympathy, tribute,
The Black Widow Spider meets;
And by the strength of its teeth,
And the end of its long leg's feet...
anniversary, death, dedication, devotion, family, farewell, funeral, goodbye, grandfather, grief, heaven, inspirational, life, love, memory, prayer, religious, spiritual, tribute, uplifting, war,
Here lies the best Grandfather,
One who was very considerate.
Remembering him as a child,
I would sit on his lap.
He was a rare person indeed.
He was a colonel in the Army.
Also superlative of a gentelman.
Here lies the best grandfather,
May he rest in peace.
beautiful, beauty, courage, death, dedication, devotion, easter, education, faith, family, children, forgiveness, freedom, friendship, god, happiness, happy, health, hope, inspirational, introspection, jesus, journey, life, love, passion, peace, people, philosophy, relationship, social, spiritual, teacher, tribute, uplifting,
Judas betrayed Jesus’s whereabouts
End, was near
Son of God, knew this
Universe of the Son of the Divine Father, restored
Sins of man forgiven, Prince of our Universal domain, alive in the hearts of his children