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A Poem About Sudden Death: The Cold Hand Of Death

Updated on December 15, 2015
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Jo has been an ITU nurse at the London North West NHS Trust for 14 years. She obtained her RN at University College London Hospital.

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The Hand of Death

The cold hand of death invades the night

Dagger of ice seeks a place to rest

And sadness rains in garden of blight


This thief in the night knows wrong nor right

Creeps with stealth, this uninvited guest

The cold hand of death invades the night


Pain spreads like lava killing all fight

Sorrow, like poison deep in the chest

And sadness rains in garden of blight


Death is the foe that stings with such might

Blind to tears, deaf to grief and protest

The cold hand of death invades the night


Blessed are the souls who embrace the light

Sagacious the spirit that seized the quest

The cold hand of death invades the night



To sleep, to dream, to one day alight-

Like Dove with olive branch to attest

The cold hand of death invades the night

And sadness rains in a garden of blight

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Chuck, thanks for taking a look, much appreciated.

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      Chuck RitenouR 3 years ago from Front Royal, Virginia

      Very nicely done.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Kim, very nice to see you!...thank you so much for the kind words and for taking a look at this, always appreciated, my best to you.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      "And sadness rains in a garden of blight" is my favorite line in this incredible poem. Voted UP!

      Kim

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Michelle, lovely to see you, yes, we can run but we can't hide!.... a good reason to live life to the very last drop. :). Take care and my best as always.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      It comes when we least expect it. Great write, Jo! Happy National Poetry Month!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      MrsBrownsParlour, it's great to see you!...thank you for this very interesting and insightful comment, I'm thrilled to know that you liked the poem.

      Take care now, my best to you.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Beautiful evocative opening photo. "And sadness rains in garden of blight"...that line is my favorite, but many other dark, strong, moody images jump out too. Your rhythm is interesting with the third line of each verse, which I like very much. This is a poetic painting of grief, but the addition of "Tears in Heaven" brings in a personal element that reminds us that these are not just dramatic images but real portraits of deep, raw feelings.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Faith, much appreciated, my very best to you.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent write! Very profound and intense.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Doc, thank you for checking this out, your comments always mean a lot so I'm so glad you enjoyed this. Have a wonderful weekend and my best to you.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      "Pain, spreads like lava killing all fight." Great similie. I agree with Frank. This is deep and intense and again, you have vividly captivated the sadness and sorrow through the use of imagery. voted up!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Vinaya, thank you for stopping by. I totally agree with what you said about life and death. I think, Knowing that all things must end, should help us make the most of it while we can. To embrace life we must also embrace death; it is the not knowing what happens after death that is the problem, and of course, the loss of a loved one can be tough. Take care and my best to you.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Life and death are twin realities. Death exist because there is life. I loved your take on death.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Eddy, you made me blush, and that's not easily done :). Thank you so much for this generous comment, it was very touching and much appreciated.

      Take care and have a wonderful day.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So deep , powerful and clever. This poem has certainly shown up your talent.

      I vote up and thank you for sharing.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thank you rajan, much appreciated.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very intense and powerful poem, Jo. Voted up and awesome.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Frank, lovely to see you!...thanks for stopping by, I hope all is well with you. My best as always.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      a dramatically intense piece tobusiness I love it!!!!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thanks Gypsy, always appreciated. Hope you're well.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Emotionally expressive. Great pics and song.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi phdast7, sagacious woman that you are, your visit and comments are always appreciated :).

      So very lovely to see you, take care and my best to you.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You have all emotions expressed here and so full of life, thanks for this poem

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Wonderfully intense piece and full of truth/ And then, of course, there is the word. "the word"." It wouldn't much matter to me whether the pom was good or bad, funny or sad...I would give you kudos for using the word "sagacious!" Great work. Hope all is well. Theresa

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Martin, nice to see you, I hope you're well and enjoying what's left of the weekend.

      I loved your comment....phew!!.. perseverance is the key, I've learned never to hurry the Villanelle.

      Thank you for the support, my best to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi wetnose, thank you so much for stopping by and for the lovely comment. much appreciated. Hope you're enjoying the weekend.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Masterfully done. My hat off to you. Thank you.

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Oh my! Great piece of work.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thost, thank you for the visit and comment, much appreciated. My best to you.

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      thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Very good work. Thank you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Your Cousins, thank you for being the first to comment, and such a brilliant and insightful one at that. I'm so glad you enjoyed the poem, take care and my very best to you.

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This piece is tremendous -- and very eery. I love the graphics, along with imagery that the poem evokes. I especially like the passage:

      "Pain, spreads like lava killing all fight

      Sorrow, like poison deep in the chest

      And sadness rains in garden of blight"

      Voted Up and Awesome!

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