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Poem: At The Gravestone's Door

Updated on April 26, 2015

One last moment

The gravestone, mute and still, thunders my name, my life, my will.

In her vex, she loved me. Yet vanished in my dreams.

Now I am but the foggy glimpse of a rock that is cleft on arrival.

I'm past old you see. No stagnant fire is found in me. Just me, the woods, the pain.

"He" is tracking me

Shattering the deathly-forest in silent steps sure, "He" stalks a corpse on feet.

I hold her gown, breaking down, pleading for merciful knees.

His eyes are Hell in deathly moments. Taking pleasure from suffering mine.

Each glimpse, she whisks the flame in cursing name, her ravenous heart so lame.

A moment of peace

Ravens pure and venom lure, I hide behind a brimstone small.

"He" fades a bit, dies in sickening spit of false beliefs and plastic priests.

She whispers to women so quiet. "You love while in the lifeless night?"

They smile, she beguiles another fool on Hell's sweetest gateway.

Finally ended

Licking her tongue on bodies gone she sings her lips in deathly moans.

Her left eye sees me last and walks at me in lovely lies.

I rejoice at her throat so white--last ember of knitted-love dances and dies.

We stand. Mute, motionless, quiet.


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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      no body,

      May I say that I saw a gift of observation in your comment. Your unraveling my verbiage without a program was excellent.

      It was both the old guy's final hours and his longing to see "his" only love once more.

      And that is on a metaphorical-scale.

      Thanks for the sweet comment and visit anytime.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dearest Ann,

      You are so very kind, my friend. I cannot adequately-express to you how much I appreciate YOU. I hope that suffices for the moment, but one day when I sell several books, I will send my private jet for you and let you go shopping in my mall in Houston. Deal?

      Is my dream silly? Not much. I feel that when we stop dreaming, our time in life accelerates to the 'stop' position.

      Take care, my DEAR friend and visit with me anytime.

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      Robert E Smith 

      3 years ago from Rochester, New York

      This just proves I am no poet. I have to read it like a story. I have to think about it longer than any other piece of writing I read. Most of it goes over my head in a way that I think I missed the whole point but usually I get it okay. It left me empty and maybe that was what I was supposed to feel, an old man's mortality, maybe even me as I pass 60 years old tomorrow. (yes I was a Friday the 13th baby). Your writing gift is remarkable and I hope you never stop. I hope your life never feels empty or as if it is passing away to nothingness. God bless you. Voted up.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      You write these poems so well; this style suits you and I love those drawings that you've used, as before. I find this side of your writing exceptional. Do keep writing in this genre!


    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Genna,

      Wow. What a sensitive, moving comment. I have never in my four years membership to HP, has anyone ever said this to me.

      Thank you a lot and may God bless you richly.

      I will, I promise, give this some thought.

      Do not lose touch with me.

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      Genna East 

      3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ken, you should write a lot more poetry. This is exceptional. :-)

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ Jennifer,

      I am so sorry. I forgot. No, sadly, that drawing is not me. And even sadder, I did not do it. I tried to do some pencil work on two hubs and it didn't come out dark enough. I will stick to jegs and PNGS.

      Thanks for the compliment anyway.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Jennifer,

      "Thanks, dear friend, for your sweet comment. And hopefully, with more strength, you shall see more of this side of me, but to be honest, as I was telling Jodah, it depresses me to write works like this."

      "But if you enjoy this, I will do more."

      Please stop in anytime.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      I appreciate your comment and thoughts. It is my prayer that you and all of my valued-followers have the best in life.

      Come back often.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Thank you a million, friend, for your humble comment.

      These abstract/prose works depress me when I finish one. Then when I go back and read it again, I find places that could be darker and deeper. I am not ready to go there yet.

      Have a great day.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Kevin,

      Thank you for the visit. I relish each thought that is left by my followers. Let me say this, "I have the BEST followers on HubPages."


    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Thank you very much for your comment. It is nice to hear kind words today in this somewhat stressed society.

      God bless you richly.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, jhamann,

      I thank you humbly and sincerely for your kind words. I hope that I can be worthy of them with the works I put on here for your enjoyment.

      Life is short. Enjoy the small sunsets as well as the big sunrises.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      3 years ago from Reno NV

      Your poetry is amazing. So is your humorous writing. You are a versatile writer with many talents I am glad to keep reading your articles. Jamie

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      Lee Cloak 

      3 years ago

      Stunning, absolutely stunning, an amazing piece of poetry, really brilliant, thanks for sharing, voted up, Lee

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      The Examiner-1 

      3 years ago

      Neat and beautiful Kenneth. That was really good, it had pizzaz even though it was in a graveyard. I voted it up, shared and pinned it.


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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      There seems to be a common theme to recent poetry Kenneth. Maybe I'm wrong. You certainly are a weaver of words. Such good poetry here, voted up.

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      Jennifer Mugrage 

      3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      Wow! This is a new side of you. Nice to see it.

      I did not understand the poem very well on a first read-through, but it has a terrific rhythm.

      And that drawing at the top is amazing! Did you do it? And is it a self-portrait, perhaps aged a bit on purpose to match the poem?

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      Glenn Stok 

      3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Wow! Very awesome and creative. You give one a lot to think about life.


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