Death, I Say To You: Know You Are Beaten (English sonnet)

by Ben Pickard   Dec 18, 2017

My ghost already walks these lonely halls,
Its body lost amidst the hurt and pain;
But though it views the world as bleak and cruel,
I know it's life and love will rise again.
Amongst the dusky leaves, the shoots are green
And will, in time, supplant the ones before;
We must lament the canopy that's been
But know the grains of sand make up the shore.
When I am gone, remember only this:
Our love is strong and even now survives.
Within your womb, you bloomed eternal bliss
And they have roots that grow and reach and thrive.
I do not beg for death or crave his scythe,
But I have beaten Death with three more lives.


Ben Pickard 2017


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  • 5 days ago

    by Robert Long

    i honestly have no words. Its among the top 5 favorite poems of mine and i really enjoyed reading this. it was beautifully written and congrats on the nomination. hope you have a great day Ben and thank for showing me this poem.

    -Robert Long

  • 3 weeks ago


    There you go again Ben, with not a slight of hand you wove wit and rhyme into a beautiful Italian Sonneto, at line 14 it did end after enticing many friends! Great work, glad it was Nominated.

  • 3 weeks ago

    by Ben


    Your writing forever finds me nodding in agreement or union with you on almost every write...I adore how open and honest and sometimes raw your writing is, this one is no exception....apart from being exceptionally pen is fierce my friend.

    All the best fella.


    • 3 weeks ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Thanks so much, Ben. That means a lot.

  • 3 weeks ago

    by Michael

    A truly wonderful sonnet Ben,
    You have a way of capturing so much when you write in this style.
    Really well done fella

    Michael :)

  • 4 weeks ago

    by mossgirl19

    Ahhh. A beautiful write, Ben, brought some unexpected waters in my eyes. That last line just hit me hard. Thank you for sharing this piece.

    • 4 weeks ago

      by Ben Pickard

      I'm glad it affected you, Mel; I hope in a positive way. Thank you.

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