Tag Archives: Death Poems

“I’m Here” by James P. Graham

A dead mother speaks to her child from the grave

“I’m Here” is a poem by James P. Graham. The author was just 17 when his mother died, and his little sister was 3. He wrote “I’m Here” so that his sister could remember their mother and how much she … Continue reading

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“For poems are like rainbows: they escape you quickly.”

—Langston Hughes, The Big Sea
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Book Review: Japanese Death Poems, Written by Zen Monks and Haiku Poets on the Verge of Death

What words are as packed full of meaning and metaphor then those of a haiku?

I’ve been fascinated by haiku ever since I first laid eyes on one. Their intrinsic nature is to elicit mystery swirling around their brevity of words. Not only are they the shortest poems known to mankind, haiku unfailingly evoke breathtaking … Continue reading

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Reading Death Between the Lines

William Wordsworth captures grief over a lost loved one in eight short lines

How many lines does a poet need to write in order to record a loved one’s death? Of course, the story of a person’s death, as with their life, goes further than any number of words can express. British Romantic … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman’s “Whispers of Heavenly Death”

Exploring the unknowns after death through poetry

Walt Whitman’s poetry has been immortalized by his beautiful, visceral tributes to nature that leave us rethinking our ideas of the world around us. Whitman begins triumphantly in “Whispers of Heavenly Death” as though he wants his readers to picture … Continue reading

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“I’ve told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation.”

-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
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