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Death Wake

Updated on September 3, 2015
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By: Wayne Brown

 

In the old funeral parlor, dimly lit shadows loom

An open coffin, death in view; sadness in the room

The last hour of a wake reached up on the old clock

The undertaker gone home; the front door locked

 

A soul in lonely silence sits in a nearby rocking chair

Sittin’ up with the dead; the only living thing here

His presence near the coffin guarding the eternal sleeper

A night of solitude spent contemplating the Grim Reaper

 

The creaking of floor planks sound as the chair doth rock

Matching sound for sound with the ticking of the old clock

The night hours will pass ever so eerily and so very slow

This watch cannot end until the morning sun’s glow

 

A mouse runs across the floor casting shadows in the light

The rocking chair comes to a stop, the watcher feels the fright

A shy glance at the coffin checking the departed one’s space

Wondering if another soul could be lingering in this place

 

The time it passes away so slow marked by the clock’s tick

The senses filled with fear; the mind plays its mental tricks

A bump here, a click there, the dead man does not mind

But the living one sweats each minute, all his fears aligned

 

The first ray of morning breaks way over window frame

The night has finally past and fear has been its name

And now the undertaker arrives to open up the door’s lock

The living one no long a prisoner of death or the clock

 

The departed one’s coffin will move on to its eternal place

The living one will go on with life just surviving the rat race

Until one day the Reaper calls and collects his mortal take

The living one then becomes the departed at yet another wake

 

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    • saddlerider1 profile image

      saddlerider1 

      7 years ago

      Hey Charlie send your link to Silvergenes so she can add it with the other links she's received and will add it in when she publishes hers tomorrow by noon. Six more hubbers have got them done, but all waiting to publish at same time Friday noon. Wayne your link is being added to all of ours as well.

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      ralwus 

      7 years ago

      Well, if I can last till midnight, I will have something special for you as it is all done now and just waiting for me to hit the publish button. Buwahaha :)

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @ralwus...Hey you are so far ahead of me CC I cannot even see your dust! LOL! WB

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      ralwus 

      7 years ago

      And death slips in like a mouse slinking through the grass without shaking it. Keep it up WB. I'll catch you soon in one fell swoop of the pen. I think.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @poetvix...Hey, thank you. I am but a simple poet and cannot come near your ability in this area. I am so pleased to have you comment and I really appreciate your words! WB

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      poetvix 

      7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I really like how this comes full circle not to mention the superb flow. The mood of this was really scary. Thank you!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @dallas93444...You know the favorite line down at the cemetery..."I think we've got a live one here!" LOL! WB

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      People are dying to get in... That is why they have fences around the graveyards...

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @MartieCoetser...not really mine either, Martie...I am just softening folks up for the launch of my Halloween tale later this week. I hope it goes over as well! Thanks for the good words...I just get lucky most of the time! LOL! WB

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      I would not say this is my favorite topic of interest and gosh, that picture! – reminds me of the one in my office, titled: Woman waiting for a perfect man.... What really impresses me – as always - is the fact that you can write a poem-story without breaking the rhyme, the rhythm or the story-line. I am truly in awe of this talent of yours. So I’ve voted you UP and UP. Take care!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Amy Becherer...Sorry about that Amy...I've wrestled that beast of entrapment a few times mentally myself. I will get away from this stuff soon...just building up to Halloween! LOL! WB

      @saddlerider1...Man, you have no qualms...picking up women at a wake! Even the rednecks would go "huh?" LOL! Glad you liked it...hopefully we'll have a good turnout for the launch! WB

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      saddlerider1 

      7 years ago

      Wayne please forward me her phone number please, I would like to invite her over to share my coffin, make sure she brings her rocker, I will supply the popcorn lightly salted and covered with melting souls. We can both watch these excellent videos you gave us and wail the dark night away.

      Excellent woven poem my friend, it had all the elements of scary, creaky bones and floors, the undertaker and coffins. Keem em cumming your veins are pumped with fright, great lead ups to the main event on Oct 14th.

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      Amy Becherer 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Now you've done it...reminding me of my own mortality and how someday that will be where I lay....it sometimes keeps me up at night...thinking about how I don't want to die, but I have no alternative...thinking about my dad....my canine companions since gone. I think "they are braver than I", but then again, they had no choice and would have not taken this destination. Angst is a bitch. So very well done, Wayne

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop....It's Halloween Time! Time for a good shake! Thanks Poppy. WB

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      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

      I'm shaking!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @eovery....Oh yeah! Workin' Halloween hard this month! WB

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      eovery 

      7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Thanks for the halloween prank. I opened you hub and what did I see... Scary.

      Keep on hubbing!

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