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A day in the life of Death

Updated on May 30, 2014

A day in the life of Death Poem

I rise to find the body count high

Again it's like they don't realize its just I

I take my ferry ride through river styx

Ready to take those healthy or sick

Those who have sinned and committed wrong

those who didn't even they were dead at all

It's funny how quickly they start to scream

All just from seeing me

"I'm doing my job" I want to say

Trust me it's not great pay

I guess you should have jumped out of the way

of that bus flying down the highway

Those who find themselves here, there's a reason

Obviously you did wrong this season

Other wise you'd be up in the clouds

Instead your hear with lava in mounds

Sorry about your situation

Just to let you know this is no vacation

Now get on the boat I've got plenty of trips to make

oh for heaven sake

Oops I mean hell

oh well forgive my mistake

Stop crying with tears so fake

This place really isn't that bad

Hell you should all be glad

You arrived here because you did so much wrong

While down here develop a song

Amuse the dark lord and maybe you can cut a deal

annoy him and he may hurt you can cause you to squeal

I'm just giving advice of what I've seen in the past

Honestly the scared looks on your face never last

You'll be use to this place soon enough

It's really not that rough

Hey I've dealt with It for Billions of years

It's been so long I forgot how I got here

Now please let me do my job

come now come along

Hurry my job never ends

The rest of hell depends

On me taking you all across the river

I have so many souls to deliver

© 2014 Joe


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    • joedolphin88 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from north miami FL

      Thank you very much Ms. Bowers, happy you could appreciate the background of the character and enjoy the poem.

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      Elizabeth Wilson 

      4 years ago from Tennessee

      Haha! Loved it. Very much inspired by Charon and Greek mythology, I think. Or perhaps Thanatos, who is actually death. Of course, I'm not the author, so I can't say for sure, but that's what your poem reminded me of. That was great.

    • joedolphin88 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from north miami FL

      Thank cclitgirl, you're to kind comparing me to such a talent. Again, thank you

    • cclitgirl profile image

      Cynthia Calhoun 

      4 years ago from Western NC

      Nicely done! It makes me think of Emily Dickinson's poem, " Because I Could Not Stop For Death"

      Nice imagery, too!

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Ever afraid of the Grim Reaper.

    • joedolphin88 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from north miami FL

      No I haven't, though from the review I read I love movies like that but sometimes the subtitles kill it for me sometimes not. Really depends on the pace of the movie I'll definitely have to give it a watch.

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      4 years ago

      Guess we both have an affinity for the afterlife. I wrote my thesis on this topic and like the tone of your poem; but Death from Greek myths didn't deliver souls to Hell. The Greek afterlife space was for both good and bad. There was no Heaven or Hell. But the Jewish and Islamic Angel of Death delivers souls for judgment between such different spaces. The Grim Reaper is one of the most interesting characters in afterlife films and literature. Have you ever seen the silent Swedish film "The Phantom Carriage"? It's excellent!

    • joedolphin88 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from north miami FL

      Great Idea jodah a song may be a great add especially one of that nature.

      Eric I'm loving every ones little poem add ons

      Sold your soul yes you did

      however, this is a different bid

      There's nothing here for me to take

      is this a mistake

      Time for the master of this realm to speak

      don't fear me however my master is far from weak

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Reaper man don't scare me none. I sold my soul just to be done.

      hihihi Very good hub.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great poem, haunting images. What would really make this hub would be to add a video of the song "Don't Pay the Ferryman" by Chris de Berg. Well done though.

    • joedolphin88 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from north miami FL

      Beautiful I wish I had a peoples rhythmic response section to the poem. Thank you for the comment.

      Hope your ready never fear fate

      It's the only date your guaranteed to get

      I'm here for and you're already prepared

      nice to know your not scared

      a lullaby I shall sing to sooth the soul I'm taking

      Nice to know you're not shaking

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      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I'm not scared of you and you can come at any time provided you sing my lullaby on our way to our final destination. :)

      Good hub!

    • joedolphin88 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from north miami FL

      I like it!

      So much to do so little time

      So many souls that have committed crime

      I find every day is wasted

      The sad reality I'm faced with

      day turn to night and night to day

      always working on the ferry no time to play

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Ouch! The sting of death

      Please don't come calling today

      I've got chores to do, so just go away

      Wait til i'm a hundred and ten

      Then you may return but not til then.

      Hee..Good one joe


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