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Ode to Unsung Passings
by Vicky Bowker Jeter

Friday, May 02, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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In Memoriam to the Ghosts of Silent Funerals.

No moment of consciousness dawning
that with the Angel of Death you have flown.

No phone tree speaking the words
among friends and loved ones
that you have gone.

No memorializing Obit
that with your picture in the paper

God only knows the hearts untold
now left aching with uncried tears.

No appointment with the Funeral Director
to honor what final wishes might be.

No "impossible decisions" in Time
will endear these moments to me.

No program to hand gathered mourners
seeking solace and communion in grief.

Your songs and stories left unsung
as though slain by a silent thief.

No Pall Bearers to carry your caskette
for remains underground to inter.

Or urn to contain silken ashes
soon scattered on the winds over Earth.

No chance to express all my feelings
or close our door as you left.

How I pray for redemption between us
as my Soul seems endlessly bereft.    

Vicky Bowker Jeter
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Reviewed by Valerie Roeske 9/13/2008
Those hidden silent tears that tell truth to the soul, Beautiful write, Take care Valerie
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/4/2008
Such bittersweet lament,in this exquisitely written poem Vicky!
It's so good to hear from you and read your superb poetry again! I hope you are well and will not be a stranger! The den needs voices like yours!Welcome back...

Reviewed by Michelle Mead 5/3/2008
This is excellent, reminiscent of Auden, and that's great.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 5/2/2008
Sometimes there are no words and those we love pass into the halls of eternity without a whimper, well written.....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 5/2/2008
Losing that special person can cause grief and feelings of words unheard and love not show. I liked this.

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