a path strewn with leaves
i will try to forgive you
but not every day

#haiku   #loss  
Joe Cottonwood
Joe Cottonwood
Jul 28, 2015

black trees, silent stars
did you see? a meteorite!
life, infinite night

I'm sorry that on every holiday I'm a graveside guest
Brian Ikner
Brian Ikner
Sep 30, 2014

I'm sorry I'm not what you exPected me to be.
I'm sorry I'lL never babysit your kids when I'm frEe.
I'm sorry I couldn't help mom get through all of the hell
I'm sorry I left my responsibilities on the shelf
I'm sorry I'm cant function like a normal Adult
I'm sorry we had to put you in the ground where it'S cold
I'm sorry you were murdered whEn it should have been me
I'm sorry you died with so much left to see
I'm sorry that I'm crying while I'm writing tHis
I'm sorry that my apologies make such a big list.
I'm sorry I'm going to be a burdEn to the world
I'm sorry that our mom had to lose her baby girl
I'm sorry I'm so hatefuL every single day
I'm sorry I can't smile in a genuine way
I'm sorry I can't helP anyone that needs it
I'm sorry that I'm going crazy even if I don't believe it
I'm sorry I let my hate grow so big when I know it would make you sad
I'm sorry I let my outlook on life get this fucking bad
I'm sorry I stay up late and forget to get rest
I'm sorry that on every holiday I'm a graveside guest
I'm sorry I have to say all this in the first place
I'm sorry that I'll never get to say it to your face.
I'm sorry you died and I'm still here
I'm sorry that the thought of living makes me shed a tear.

My older sister was murdered when I was 15. I've put this off for so long. She will never read it. But I need someone to know, anyone to know, that I'm sorry to her.
Was in Stratford-upon-Avon at the graveside
Alexander K Opicho
Alexander K Opicho
Apr 11, 2014

In the last months of March 2014,
Soldier Othello the Moroccan moor
Was in Stratford-upon-Avon at the graveside
Of William Shakespeare the English bard,
He was observing the anniversary
Of Shakespeare and his European brother Cervantes,
He had in his pocket another charm and amulet
Given to him by his paternal grandfather,
This time round not a charm for love portion,
But a mystique totem to raise the dead from dusts,
As Othello himself has hitherto over-matured
Above the painful torture of sex with aristocrats,
He has left it for the Jewish aristotrash; Frantz Kafka,
Whose torturous appetite for sex with German women,
Was the sorriest eyesore of his thespic efforts.

Like Jesus at the grave of Lazarus
Othello groaned by shouting; William the son of John!
No response, he shouted again; Shakespeare the bard!
Then the mystique powers of Othello’s amulet
Electrified Shakespeare back to life,
What is your problem you black moor,
The Negro of Morocco, the soldier
Who beguiled Desdemona into betrothal,
Not because of glory of your work,
But due to charms of your love portion
Bequeathed to you by your witch mother,
What brings you to my sepulchre,
For only to perturbed my purgatorial peace,
What brings you!?
Questioned Shakespeare the bard.

Am no longer the moor, blackness is class
But not the race, as race is bankrupt,
I come here to salute you with good news,
That your European brother, Alfred Nobel,
Currently rewards thespic bards like you,
Whether black or white, blue or green,
The Negro bards from the natural forest,
He also rewards, so wake up and pick the prize!
Retorted Othello in virtue of truth,
And also tell me the native bricks
Of your beautiful architecture;
Where and how did you mold thy bricks?
Your brown English bricks that walled your culture;
Wench, clown, leapfrog, mercurial, oxymoron,
Falsitafity, Shyllocking, colleaguery and window,
Cauldron, graymalkin, woo, betroth, infatuation and so on.

From underneath his sepulcher Shakespeare broke
A violent gaggle of laughter as if he was ten English skeletons,
You Othello you are still a beautiful moor
Whose foolishness time has not condemned to oblivion,
You are as a fool as I created you ; I will only teach you
One brick, the window , that you go and put on
Your wind disturbed African huts,
Put the wind door on your hut,
And be flexible in your tongue
To give it English elegance
Combine and shorten wind and door
To get your cultural brick of; window !

at your graveside in the rain
A Thomas Hawkins
A Thomas Hawkins
Jul 23, 2010

And so here today I say goodbye
at your graveside in the rain
all the mourners they have gone now
its just you and me again

The scars of your sudden passing
no-one will ever see
like a thousand shards of glass
driven deep inside of me

The only evidence of you being here
is the unmade bed you left behind
And memories of the love we made
and of our bodies intertwined

So many things will go unsaid
so many dreams go unfulfilled
So many rooms are darker now
That you lights not there to fill

My world is much more empty now
without your gentle grace
As I close my eye's the tears come
at the memory of your face

I wish I could have been there
to be with you at the end
To cradle you within my arms
my lover and my friend.

Our time together was our secret
and one that will be kept
None will ever know the "other man"
at your graveside stood and wept.

At the graveside they cried and I watched as
John Edward Smallshaw

I knew time stood still but it flew faster away and off into the wide of that terrible day.
At the graveside they cried and I watched as
they left,
bereft and bemused,confused by the sounds that came silently to me and observing surroundings so new, and so clearly my focus became

Someone called me by name,someone stood in the doorway framed by the light which shone as bright as the sun,and to look back on it all just did not occur to me,as time flew it freed me into that which could not bleed me any more.

In the door was my loved ones,memories gone and not gone and I found they live on,and this terrible day did not seem so sad.
Though I lost I didn't lose,to choose and not be chosen when the warm blood stops flowing like the ice bound we are frozen
and yet we are freed.

At the graveside they needed some solace
I can't turn back to face them and so I place them in a memory,knowing they will remember me and I will live on.
At the wake they raise a glass and the sadness, it will pass as all things we know will,
for each and everyone time eventually stands still and flies so quickly away.

I sit at your graveside
Kaila George
Kaila George
Oct 31, 2014

I sit at your graveside
with tears in my eyes
my heavy heart will be broken
knowing you will not be here
This is for all who have gone before me
I miss you all.....KG

remembered only at a sad graveside funeral
Laurel Elizabeth
Laurel Elizabeth
Oct 15, 2013

The brain freeze of
mundane ordinary life squish.  
the mellow death of everything
hopeful, mischievous, quizzical
remembered only at a sad graveside funeral
in the back of the trailer-park of your brain.

no graveside of grieving.
Mike Essig
Mike Essig
Sep 24, 2015

When the time is come
a Viking funeral
is what I want.

No crass military honors,
no graveside of grieving.

Place me in the boat
soaked with flammable unguents,
mould my rigid arms
around my life's sword
and push me into the current.

There I will glide alone
until one precise arrow
sings its firey song
and I depart this world
in a burst of flames,

like a warrior, like a man.


Of course, not for a while yet, I hope.
at you graveside now
Stu Harley
Dec 18, 2013

even though
i am much
older now
all the hard work
that goes into raising
your son
i have found
the bitter-sweet courage
to say that
i love you
father dear
i love you now
more the anyhting and
here i am
your flesh and blood
at you graveside now
where I am
suppose to be
dust to dust
ashes to ashes
now my heart
planted on
solid ground
be filled with thee

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