The writers next of kin.....

But what kin is this that awaits his verse
and never shares of his death
Who do I leave this pen to
upon my last breath

Some literary family or god forbid
my offspring that never really knows
Where he lay in the grief of last thoughts
and browses among the prose

Steal away the rest or if not the best
then that which moves
One line one stanza or perhaps an entire poem lifted
on wings of doves

For ions they lay lost to the family that
shakes its head and disbelieves
"He was a what ....a poet?" just one more
mystery that grieves

No ....let just a few words touch you and maybe
you may think of frost or yeats or maybe not
Maybe all you will remember is of
the voice or the smile you've forgot

Print them or tear them carefully from the
catolog the book the scrap
Because there all yours when the
day comes and I take a dirt nap





HAAA!........you gotta admit it ....I gotcha !

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Thinking about it, what will really become of our work when we're gone? Hope they are cherished with the value that we place on them. Great lines with great thoughts! Thanks for sharing.


cleaner3 3 years ago

great poem ..Ed, self reflection is always good for poetry.


Joanne M Olivieri 3 years ago

Great hub. I can just see it now, my family filling the recycling bin with all my work.


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Me, too! Every now and then I think I should have a clear-out, but all I do is read and enjoy all over again - then back they all go! I can really relate to this.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

"A dirt nap" - Love it! Fantastic poetry and how true it is. You're so darn gifted!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Well that came as a surprise at the end. I guess what this made me think of was that all the great writers and poets are always remembered but what about the rest whose name is never on everyone's lips what happens of the work they leave behind....


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

isn't it odd how strangers will love our efforts and yet - family often won't even read them? it's very strange..

i don't put a lot of stock in what's going to happen to my stuff after i'm gone..i got enough to worry about in the hear and now..lol..

maybe it'll just be tossed into 'dirt' with me - to make my 'nap' more comfy?

lol...

You're in a darker frame of mind this morning, Cowboy?

up and sharing forwardxx


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

I often pause before making am entrance in my journal because I think, "they'll think I'm wacko!" But then I remind myself, "nobody is gonna read this crap anyway!"

That's what I love about this group...were all wacko so nobody is going to notice anyway. ;-)


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas

I have often wondered if Yeats, Walden, and Poe dwelled upon their eventual demise and what might come of their work. I am sure that they, like us, have many relatives who could give a tinker's damn about some poem but definitely want the rights to it if it is a money-maker. I say leave it piled in the yard like raw meat before the lions. Let them graze over it and pick about it looking for the richest of pieces and never seeing the toil which was scribed upon that same page. Let them rip it all asunder such that it ceases to exist as I surely will myself. ~WB


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Thank you so much Ms. Dora !........Ed


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Thank you cleaner , and a bit too much at times my friend !.....lol


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Joanne ,NO .....! send it to me !.....Those bums !..lol


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

blossom , maybe we could put it in our will that they have to do a sit down reading ! ha ......:-}


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Vocal coach , Oh no a dirt nap !..........:-}


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Gypsy dear ! you know , I had an aunt who ,when she died , there was a poem read at her funeral , Thats the first time I ever heart of her being a poet and I felt I was close to her ! .....who knows us really ?


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Hi Leslie , or smiley I should say ! I know that feeling darlin! I know .My daughter may cherish it but who knows !, I can get dark at times ......baggage I guess ! lol..,,,,BIG HUG !


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Hi wayne ! LOL , that made me smile my friend ! Wacko we are !.......Thank you !


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Wayne , You sir are a classic ., If somebody makes a buck , good for them ! Huh? one thing about those names ..they sold there writings for pennies on the streets [ Poe?}, They made more than we ever will ,LOL........Ed


Vincent Moore 3 years ago

Thankfully for us there are many great works from poets who lived much of what they penned, especially Poe. Did any of them ponder at the time what would become of their work after they to went for their dirt nap? I'm certain they did, and many of them gained very little in monetary rewards, yet their work and names live on for eternity. That my dear poet is good enough for this scribe, I never expected to earn a dime for what I penned, however if some of my family and friends give credence to what I leave behind, then I will smile down upon them.

But like millions of writers and poets in our Universe, I am simply a speck of dust mixed in with the millions, simply crying with my pen from the rose thicket, bleeding and eventually dying wilted like so many before me. Bravo, well done, voted up and shared.


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Vincent my friend , you will be well remembered here , Thats for sure and for certain ! As brothers go , I don't know if you have any , but I'm Your hub brother man ! And Hub Family is eternal ! Thank you my friend !......Ed


Vincent Moore 3 years ago

I appreciate your comment to mine Ed. Being remembered for something is a blessing to anyone. I am simply thankful to have met so many wonderfully talented writers/poets like yourself here my friend. You to sir will be remembered for sure, your work is brilliant.


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Ahh Vincent , to here that from you and so many others is a pleasure ! I hope life is perfect in your days !....:-}


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Vincent , Thank you sir ! It is why we are here perhaps , We have much to be thankful for !....:-}

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