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”Halo” by Melissa Stein

A captivating poem that offers an intimate look at death

Melissa Stein is an incredibly talented author. The San Francisco poet’s work has been published in a variety of journals and anthologies, and for good reason. Her writing is visceral — the imagery it conjures is at once heartbreaking and uplifting. … Continue reading

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”Requiem with Coal, Butterflies and Terrible Angels” by Traci Brimhall

A poem that brings death to life with vibrant imagery and visceral emotion

  The idea of death often conjures unique images for different people. While death is inevitable, we all envision it a little differently, and we all deal with it in different ways. This poem, “Requiem with Coal, Butterflies and Terrible Angels,” … Continue reading

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“White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field” by Mary Oliver

Contemplating the choice of ecstatic surrender at the moment of death

Mary Oliver is a contemporary anglophone poet beloved by many for her universally resonant contemplations drawing on metaphors from the natural world. Many of her poems are suffused with humbleness, gratitude, and wonder, placing death at the center of a … Continue reading

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“Peace” by Langston Hughes

Hughes’ funeral poem reflects on the futile nature of war when the ultimate price soldiers pay for peace is through their deaths

War and its consequences wreak havoc on countless lives with its numerous casualties — whether they are civilian members or the soldiers involved on either side. In his poem, “Peace,” one of my all-time favorite poets, Langston Hughes, captures the irony of war’s … Continue reading

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Author Jorge Luis Borges on Time and Death

The Argentinian writer believed that life and death are, perhaps, all a dream

Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges had an interesting perspective on time and death. He also had an amazing talent and tendency to nail a truth down in one to three sentences. So precise with words was Borges, that he managed … Continue reading

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“Another Weeping Woman” by Wallace Stevens

Earnest advice for grieving, moving on and cherishing a loved one’s memory

In “Another Weeping Woman,” by Wallace Stevens, we are given earnest advice to move on and let go. While we at SevenPonds suggest you take your time with the grieving process and give you emotions as much attention as they … Continue reading

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