I’ve walked among the dead
and felt the most alive.
There’s no angst nor dread
inside the crypt tonight.
To me the dead feel very real -
more solid than the living.
Among the tombs I feel the thrill
of the not knowing.
What lies ahead? Another day?
Or time has stopped for now?
Is there an end? I hope and pray
that you will keep your vow.
From inside a tomb a song is heard,
the words subdued and blurred:
‘Love and death are one and the same,
We’ve played the deadly game..’
Among the dead I have no fear
Amongst them I feel free
In a tomb on the right rests a composer,
A poet sleeps next to him.
I long for the wisdom they once shared,
I implore them to give me a hint.
The fragility of life is suddenly bare:
we are all here for a mere stint.
Copyright: Nara Hodge 2019
*Previously published by Harness Magazine at www.harnessmagazine.com