Dust Unto Dust

The briny tears have dried
The sounding knells are stilled
The grieving crowd, dispersed
The parting pain, allayed

Benumbed lie the dead
Beneath the marble vaults
Bereft of power and prowess
Benighted and beaten.

The sun shall never cast its glorious rays
The stars shall never their brilliance shed
The breeze never shall bring tidings new
The showers shall no more drench them through

A thoughtful friend sometimes seen around
A fervent prayer at times chanted aloud
A plaited wreath, rarely laid over
A trite rite, randomly carried out

There's none left to mourn or weep
Nor anyone to sing, sigh or sob
Leaving the dead to rot in the closure of graves
To life's alluring charms, the dear depart.

Cold as clay the dead lie so still
To be feasted on by maggots and the worms
Life with all its glory - defunct
Its fever and fret too - extinct.

How in vain we run after wealth
The power and position we deem so great
Shall come to naught within Time's gloomy vault
Yet we run and yet we straggle behind.

In vain ends our travail for might
Inglorious is our quest after fame
Transient turn the riches, we garner
Short lived is their gleam and glitter.

Oh Lord! Lead us not into illusory charms
Deliver us of our avarice to hoard
For all that is born and made
‘Must consign to death and come to dust.'

by Valsa George

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Oh Lord! Lead us not into illusory charms Deliver us of our avarice to hoard For all that is born and made ‘Must consign to death and come to dust.. ... beautiful poem..theme title comes from The Bible
Loveliest worded, mesmerizing poem and so humbly presented. The Lord will always listen to a good and honest prayer. Nine stanzas so magnificently written. You have made poetry your most important professional career after retiring as a teacher. Poetry, the most beautiful art in words.You excel in it, Valsa.
Wonderful poem, Valsa! You have worded very well the fact that we can't take our riches with us!
The final stanza consists of powerful lines An eye opener for all that life is not a show. That we have to give a fruitful and noble meaning to life itself. A very inspiring and meaningful poem that can withstand the tests of time. 10+++++ and on to my Poem List.
A powerful and wonderful poem on life and death. It expresses in beautiful detail how death terminates everything. I loved the meaningful universal message of this write. The great Poetess depicted vividly the realities of death and the greediness of mankind; power, wealth , position and fame. All for the glory of oneself, an illusory charms.
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