Words from the Dead

The old poets only wrote things they’ve grown familiar with, so,
They spun tales of love and death,
Expecting the endings to change with each new word,
Yet, to no ones surprise, the endings remained very much the same,
And love was lost to death, and death succumbs to a never-ending cycle of life.

These old poets, they knew the ways life tortured those who felt deeply,
Those who loved to a fault always lost more than they gained, so they recorded
Warnings and spread their caution throughout history,
Ye,t for how much we think ourselves scholars and philosophers,
We failed to see the obvious; the truth buried in sonnets and tragic ballads,
Written in beautiful sunsets and heartbreaking confessionals.
Speaking truthfully, I know that you feel more for me than I you,
And know that you will never be able to capture the soul hidden behind my eyes,
For she is a spirit unhindered by the constructs of language,
She, who has read old poems and sought truth beneath their lyrics and metaphors,
She who knows how to decipher them and keep their meanings hidden.

Those old poets, teachers to an unwilling classroom,
They have molded me into a scholar, into a philosopher,
Who sees the deeper meaning of words, and all the forms they come in.
Those old poets, oh, those old souls,
How could they have known how important their rhymes were to be?
For the words of the dead are always more powerful than that of the living.


25 thoughts on “Words from the Dead

  1. Roman R. Sanchez says:

    If it weren’t for poets and past writers, I most likely wouldn’t care about language, reading, or writing, but I care about language and writing because past poets have shown me how beautiful language can be. How musical language can be.


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