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I Didn't Understand Death At All

Updated on April 10, 2014



Everything I did was finally showing,

I hated my life for all the wrong reasons,

the lit candle was throwing

my own shadow on the rough floor,

it was the last time I’d see it,

then no more,

a voice came softly to me on the air,

someone was there,

but I just couldn’t see,

I turned around so sharp

that my breath left me,

my soul I knew God could not receive,

then I saw a light,

for a moment,

I thought my eyes would deceive,

the dark shadow came toward me,

he was staring at me over his drawn up knees,

seconds became minutes

and minutes became hours,

my emotions would tip,

the sensations would flip,

waiting was like watching honey drip,

death crouched in my shadow,

there, very near,

and what disturbed me most,

was the lack of fear,

but more profoundly,

I felt like a ghost,

oh, but I was wrong,

and that’s when death came along,

with crude, pounding power,

very strong,

the light was lifting,

my soul was drifting,

and yet I never moved,

then I took my last mortal look,

my desk, the chairs by the fire,

my pictures, a coffin, the Bible,

God’s book,

life would then fall,

after all the waiting,

I didn’t understand death at all.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for visiting it Faith :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Frank, this is a powerful and gripping poem about death. I've never read this one but I guess you wrote it before I joined HP. Excellent.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Harish

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Frank, this poem about death is awesome and very beautifully written. Really an amazing poem !

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Lady :)

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      A Magnificent piece of writing about death, Frank well done :)

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you shim-dawn bless you too :) Frank

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      Wow! I haven't read this so far... and this is so good! Have a blessed day!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you again Audrey :)

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Frank I love reading your work--and I loved this piece!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Moms-- you're still the best :)

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      Lissette 5 years ago from Central Florida

      As blocked as I am, I could always read you. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks!

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      infoforum 5 years ago from Universe

      What A Great Poem! Hats off to you!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks Marlin55, A-Venus aka Marlene and Jami for reading my poem

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      jami l. pereira 6 years ago

      Im thinking none of us really grasps the understanding , but we do know the fear ,me? im not afraid , not at all. I know i probrably should be , but if God doesnt have a plan for me ,maybe sad , but not afraid.I voted this up ,awesome,interesting and i cant wait to read more , im glad i stopped by! thanks for sharing the read!:)

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      Aphrodite Venus 6 years ago from Orlando

      "Waiting was like watching honey drip." you have a way with words. They come alive with your words. vote awesome.

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      Marlin 55 6 years ago from USA

      Great job Frank. Your poetry comes from a very deep place from your soul.