DEAD MAN POEMING

ABOUT THE DEAD MAN’S HOLIDAY

this is no country for dead men,
thought the one who was feeling peaked.
the dead man was feeling rained on.
troubles poured down on the head of the dead man.
holiday spirits haunted his waking hours.
the dead man had never tried a hot toddy, but wanted one.
he wanted warmth and sweetness and above all alcohol.
the dead man wanted to receive the spirit.

MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN’S HOLIDAY

the dead man would have liked to stroll around the neighborhood, looking at fairy lights.
the lights were twinkling at him through his foggy windshield.
red and green and white and plum and amaryllis and blue blue Christmas blue, they winked.
the dead man coaxed the old, not classic, Mustang across the stop street on the hillside, praying.
the clean black pavement was visible beneath the ice, but his crusty black tires did not know that.
the dead man knew as he knew to the foot how far he was from his front door.
still, the night was clear, and there were stars.
the new year beckoned.

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at Big Tent Poetry, you can find out more about Dead Man poems, and even read some good ones.

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Posted on 2010/12/18, in Big Tent Poetry and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I love the sounds and rhythm of this piece. I can see: ‘red and green and white and plum and amaryllis and blue blue Christmas blue, they winked’ Truly enjoyed this read!

  2. ooooh. i like this line: “the dead man wanted to receive the spirit.” a terrific play on the many levels and meanings of a word. plus, it’s just plain brilliant!

  3. Poignant in an undead kind of way. Nice gift for the holidays.

  4. I like tying the dead man to the holidays, that he wants to see the lights. Something sweet about that.

  5. I feel bad for the dead man: so many wants unreceived. But one can always take another holiday…!

    The colors in the second poem work perfectly.

  6. Brought to mind scene from A Christmas Carol–good idea to write in relation to the season.

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