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Poem By Jane Meyer

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.'

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A wonderful poem, as expected. I'm at a loss of words. Can I assume that the last line of the poem is an adaption of a line from William Shakespeare's 'Fear No More'?
Brilliance of thought and philosophy, delivered with emotional greatness and insightful wisdom...
A wonderful poem dear madam! My great pleasure reading it....to my favorite box!
If brain is torn no need to be worried. If tears are dried up, there is no need to be worried. Because God is here with us and we can pray him. His power can give us recovery. Reading your great poem I have become very emotional. Thank you very much for sharing...10+
Beautiful write. Deep. Philosophy of life and the Power above. Nice rendition your poem provides Valsa.10+