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  The Procession of Tombs
by Keith Rowley
Thursday, October 02, 2008
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Upon reading my poem 'Howl Dog!', Stan Law, one of my valued readers (I value you all), said that he would be interested in the outcome were I to turn my mind to something a little less laden with despair and anger.

That was a tough call, as of choice, I positively wallow in the darker side of existence. But I had to try!

As the great Robert Plant once said before performing 'Stairway to Heaven', "This is a Song of Hope."
At least, it's as near as my darkened heart will permit me to approach the light.

Stan, this one's for you mate.



Wreathed in the shadow-glow of eldritch light

The tombs of men glide forth in time

Borne upon a poisoned stream of death and blight

And life itself lacks reason and a rhyme


What cargoes bear these stony carriages of death?

The thoughts of men all snared by silvered stars sublime

Tormented echoes of a million dying breaths

And still life has no reason and no rhyme


Hush! Rest quiet now within thy tomb

Within thy withered breast the dawn doth softly chime

For death is but the entrance to the womb

But life has yet no reason and no rhyme


Hear the hiss and kiss of ice against the clinking stone

Gentle waves of darkness weave your sorrowed rhyme

Quicken now oh man! and for thy sins atone

But know, life has no reason and no rhyme


The stream now darkens into blood

Like logs the stony tombs do float and clash amid the slime

The sea of death approaches like a flood

See, death itself has neither reason nor a rhyme


Wider, ever wider flow the waters of the dead

Chill stony tombs are plucked like grapes from hell’s own vine

Quickened now as dawn approaches comes thy breath

So death has breath if neither reason nor a rhyme


Fly now to quickened egg within the womb

Hear softly how thy mother’s breath doth mime

The gentle breeze suffused with winters’ doom

Seek earnestly thy reason and thy rhyme


Burst forth upon the world renewed

Make good the ills of life now buried all in lime

Love well, all cruelty eschew

Live joyously  thy reason and thy rhyme













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Reviewed by Z McClure 8/7/2012
Death is swallowed up in victory! You have succeeded in penning a very hopeful, stirring ode to Purpose being revealed out of apparent Chaos, and I just love this poem Keith. I ENJOY the cadence, and the provocative illustrations and personifications. This one's a keeper for sure!

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 12/1/2008
You have a style of writing that is very sets you apart...and I like it very much. It's as though someone discovered works from the past.
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 11/16/2008
Yes! yes! yes!. All is not lost when we choose to cling to hope, the solid rock anchors us. Very Poeish. Liked it a lot.
J'nia Fowler
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 10/21/2008

Title and verse are exceptionally penned . . .!!

Best regards,

Reviewed by Shedding Light 10/6/2008
This is a very unique and interesting piece of work. I really the originality in this piece.

Harold M. Nash
Reviewed by Axilea MU 10/5/2008
I think that this works because you found he right dimension and the precise anchorage to introduce the change. That of hope for a better life, the possibility of choosing at one point. A coherent, very fitting style Keith.

Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 10/5/2008
Wowww,outstanding....great writing sweet man...wowwwwwwwwww...have a wonderful and safe day ...Hugsssss
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 10/4/2008
As ever, you fascinate. Maybe my perspective is skewed by the books I've read recently, but this poem makes me think of treasures found after centuries. Lives lived, exposed by a trowel. Strong tone to this poem - like a voice from the past.
Reviewed by George Carroll 10/3/2008
There was hope in the last stanza. Poe would have loved this poem.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/2/2008
Burst forth upon the world renewed
Make good the ills of life now buried all in lime
Love well, all cruelty eschew
Live joyously thy reason and thy rhyme

Seems to me like a fine recipe for living in this world, Keith. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 10/2/2008
Keith this is impressive work, unique and oh so compelling. The spell you weave is a powerful one and the ambience you create is tangible.
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 10/2/2008
Life might not have many reasons or rhyme, your poetry on the other hand, takes a reason and rhyme to another level, a bitter pill, but suffused in the nectar of searching..... still, and wonderment, and that of course is the tease, and I dare to say the spice of life, carry on Master of the dark art, your spark of light shone brightly upon it, and exposed its depths, and brilliance for just a most exhilarating moment. As always I enjoyed every ensues searching touch of your foundlings in the dark.
Blessings my friend! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Stan Law (aka Stanislaw Kapuscinski) 10/2/2008
As a scholar and a gentleman you evidently know that flattery will always get you a quick response. I hope you won’t regret it!

The Procession of Tombs, would make Iago proud. Brilliant. I’m glad you finally chose joyful life, though I’m not quite sure just how sincere you were. You sound reminiscent of your previous incarnation as Arrigo Boito? He (you) must have grinned broadly, (or had you sneered) when you wrote:

Credo in un Dio crudel che m'ha creato simile a sè e che nell'ira io nomo. Della viltà d'un germe o d'un atomo––vile son nato. Son scellerato… And later…
Credo che il giusto è un istrion beffardo, e nel viso e nel cuor, che tutto è in lui bugiardo: lagrima, bacio, sguardo, sacrificio ed onor… And finally…
E credo l'uom gioco d'iniqua sorte dal germe della culla al verme dell'avel. Vien dopo tanta irrision la Morte.
E poi? E poi? La Morte e il Nulla. É vechic fola il Ciel.

(I might have made some errors in my Italian. Regrettably, the English version does not carry the same piquancy). If you can read it, you are the only man I know who could turn Arrigo’s venom into your inimitable verse. It would be quite fascinating to read your version. I’m sure Joe Green wouldn’t mind.

On the other hand, you might satisfy your demons by turning their inspiration to black humour. I think you could make us all scream (with pleasure?)

I repeat, brilliant, Kafkaesque, hypnotic, and… keep trying (to choose life, I mean).

Thanks, Stan

Books by
Keith Rowley

The Aquarius Key, A Novel of the Occult

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  1. Tripping on Clouds
  2. Shadows of the Shadows
  3. Embracing Excellence
  4. The Right Side of History
  5. Translucent By Ways
  6. Biocentrism
  8. Buffalo Hump
  9. A Conversation with Dreamers
  10. Mirage in the Dark
  11. Unfamiliar Faces
  12. Nightmare follows into waking life...
  13. Walking Past the Graveyard
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