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Death- A Piece of Poetry

Updated on January 14, 2017
My grandfather and I about a year before he passed away.
My grandfather and I about a year before he passed away.

Silently I follow you.

Day by day I am your shadow.

I am dark.

I am hollow.

I am the one who takes everything

and gives nothing in return.

I am death, cunning and sleek.

You can't see me coming.

You can't feel my breath on your neck,

for I have none.

I am the collector of debts.

I am the one who makes the child cry.

I am the one who millions curse.

I take the breath from the old and young.

I show no mercy nor sympathy.

I can not be paid off or bribed.

I can not be stopped,

I will never die, for I am immortal.

I am Death, your last enemy.

Death is something we all deal with at some point in our life. There is no fighting it, Death takes what it wants and can not be stopped. I grew up feeling surrounded by Death, I never knew how to handle it until these words came to me one night.

Each death was different, yet the same. An infant that was stillborn. Two beloved uncles losing their battle to cancer. An elderly neighbor that never woke again. An amazing grandfather who's heart quit before he was ready to leave. Death knows no bounds. Young and old, rich and poor none are exempt from meeting this end. Somehow the words above comfort me, that in naming the final foe and acknowledging what it does, the fear and sadness are lessened. Our time will come and when it does we can only hope to face it with dignity.


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      Amado C. Alaniz 

      12 days ago

      Thanks Aimee for the ant recipe. I was 'moved' by the thoughts which your grandpa brought forth - many thanks for sharing. A six year-old's memory of grandpa:

      MY GRANDPA and ME

      Mommy lays me down,

      Close my eyes and see,

      Pretty puppies and horses,

      And my grandpa and me.

      There are brown ones,

      White ones are three,

      I love each and all,

      Like grandpa and me.

      The squirrels are really funny,

      I play and climb their tree,

      To the very top of the world,

      Go my grandpa and me,

      My pals are fun and friendly,

      But are blind as can be,

      'Cause they cannot see him,

      When it's grandpa and me.

      I love you, grandpa. .I miss you.


    • Greenhousewife profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thank you Matt! I'm always nervous sharing a new piece but I am glad that you liked this. I hope you check out the rest of my work as well. Thanks for stopping by!

    • mattdigiulio profile image


      6 years ago

      Wow, you are a very skilled poet. Great hub. Voting up, and beautiful

      Best, Matt


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