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The Lesson of Death: Part Two
by Sheila Roy
Saturday, May 09, 2009
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Death's gaze is not selective. He doesn't care what we look like or how old we are. That kind of power deserves respect.

This is the last part of a poem I wrote a few years ago. One of many from my files. These poems were buried mostly because I didn't think they were that good. However, I enjoyed sharing the first one, and I was intrigued by the comments left. I'm very lucky to have support from all my friends here at the Den. Hugs and sincere thanks.



The Lessons of Death:  Part Two


Street urchins watch from the alley

As opportunity smiles their way

Too poor to pay the fee

At the front door,

They sneak through the back

Which was left ajar by one

Of their privileged friends

With a finger raised to his lips,

The suddenly popular young’un

Ushers his friends through the door



Securing space in the balcony,

They press their grins against

The banister and watch

As the house lights go down

And a curtain, bigger than they’ve

Ever seen, draws open…

Revealing thespians at play

Dark imagery and a crooked plot

Lead to death on the stage



As the children watch, one actor dies

Amidst a round of approval from the audience

The urchins’ little voices drown

In a cluster of “Hoo-rays!” from the crowd

Their tiny hearts pump with excitement

As the clever actor takes his last breath,

Covered in gobs of fake blood



A scene meant to evoke sadness

Has the riffraff clutching their bellies

And rolling in the aisles



Death…is due respect

It is sad…

It is an ending…

It is a beginning…

It comes for everyone…

Yet, the urchins laugh



Death, camouflaged by the heavy,

Burgundy, stage curtain peers up

At the urchins and fixes each

With a meaningful stare

Until their laughter dies on their lips



“I amuse you?” Death whispers

To them in a preternatural voice,

Meant only for the children’s ears



They shake their heads,

Shivering at the sound

Of his voice as it inches

Down their spines



Again, Death speaks,

“A misplaced chuckle may lead me

directly to your door.

Respect my work and live

to see what your futures

hold in store.”



The curtain falls and the applause

Is like the crackling of thunder



The children, still shaken, solemnly

Make their way out of the theater

Careful not to draw attention

They slip out the back door and

Move into the alley

All with thoughtful expressions



Death, now cloaked by shadows

In the alley, extends a hand to each child


They refuse his touch and run out

Into the street, his voice echoing

In their little heads



“Laugh at Death, but remember,

I shall have the last laugh.”






Sheila Roy - August 2006

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Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 5/30/2009
I dwell in the darkled visions of your words capturing within ""The Lesson of Death: Part Two"
another Excellent Tale From The Dark Womb of Shadows Quickening
I Love Your Dark Poetry Shelia
Much Love & Continued Inspirations
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 5/20/2009
Goosebumps, shivers, awesome. Yes, no one gets out of here alive. Hugs. Liz
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 5/12/2009
Gave me goosebumps Sheila, but its depth of visuals is so very strong and powerful. It will come to get us, one and all, there is no escaping it. A very intriguing and clever piece of writing, my friend...well done! ~Hugs, Elizabeth
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 5/10/2009
Sheila, not only is this good, it's chilling and creative!
Reviewed by Jon Willey 5/9/2009
terrific theatrics and a chilling story -- stark and foreboding details -- peace and love -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by John Flanagan 5/9/2009
Chilling, especially since innocence is so heavily involved, dramatic and highly imaginative, the sustained theatre image perfect for the theme and that creepy alley, dark and foreboding. Fine work.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/9/2009
Shiela how you could ever think this wasn't good is beyond me, as a lover of Steven King I can see not only a short story but even a novel or series taking off from this one. It gripped the heart with cold fear and left the reader wanting more. Loved it Shiela...more soon I hope.

Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 5/9/2009
Wow! An interesting story-poem, and that last line couldn't be a more profound ending. Well done, Shelia.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/9/2009
Your verses gave me shivers, Sheila. Very effective, stark, and dark. Thank you for sharing. Love and hugs and best wishes,

Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 5/9/2009
M a r v e l o u s !
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