Ode to Death

by Daniel   Nov 22, 2019


Ode to the man who once learned to weep,
Ode to the winter, the shepherd and his sheep;
There’s bones in the earth
There’s bones in the sea
Ode to the ashes cast out in the breeze.

Ode to the woman who two-stepped in her room
Ode to the borrowed, the old and the new
There’s bones in the earth
There’s bones in the sea,
Ode to the women who bring flowers to her wreath.

Ode to our love, hidden and unspent
Ode to the masks we wear in our beds
There’s bones in the earth
There’s bones in the sea,
Ode to our sorrows, ode to our pleas.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    by Star

    Judging Comment:

    With the changing of seasons, Daniel’s poetry seems to be changing as well. And I mean that in a good way.
    Praising death may seem kind of dull, but here he gave meaning and value.
    “There’s bones in the earth
    There’s bones in the sea”
    ^
    I love the repetition of these, they’re more impactful. The poem also has a great rhythm.
    I like how the first two stanzas were generalized, or lets say odes to people he may have observed or heard about. And then in the last stanza he included himself and probably the reader as well, indicated by “our”.
    This is a great poem !!

  • 2 months ago

    by yogi73

    Beautiful and profound and wisely written. Thoughtful and filled with wistful sentiments. Love it

  • 2 months ago

    by Everlasting

    Enchanting read. I am not a good singer but I felt like singing when I read this piece.

    • 2 months ago

      by Daniel

      Oh I’d love to hear you sing it! I’m sure it’d be wonderful :P

      Thank you Andrea :)

  • 2 months ago

    by Maple Tree

    love love love the mix of bones, earth and sea.... Daniel--- wow!

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