After I Have Died

by Scott Utley

Burnt onto the pages of my ancient history,

is the story of our love; a spiritual decree.

Penned onto the memory of my simple, fleeting life,

is the epic of our union, quite beautifully described.

I am stunned by the depth of your soul.

Shall I be forever mystified?

And this evening, brazenly confetti'’d on a Hollywood freeway overpass,

I saw your initials set upon a fractured heart.

While my soul bleeds adoration in silence,

I wonder, is this love’s crucifixion?

Is this how Mary felt in the garden?

No answer is of consequence,

for what I will remember long after I have died,

will be the memory of your face,

indelibly inscribed.


Posted on 08/12/2006
Copyright © 2019 Scott Utley

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Junemarie Roldan on 08/12/06 at 06:31 AM

indelibly inscribed indeed is the love with which this was written. Transcendent with pain and devotion, even into eternity. Magnificent write.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 08/12/06 at 01:22 PM

All of the above! "Inspired" is the only word that captures it completely for me. Quite inspired!!

Posted by Karl Waldbauer on 08/13/06 at 09:21 PM

When I read this piece the hair on my arms stood on end, a lump formed in my throat and somehow the sky looked much bluer. It seems excellence can cause a visceral as well as emotional reaction.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 04/10/07 at 02:46 PM

Indeed eloquent is the adjective. Poignant, bittersweet. (Wish I had kept up with my German, the translated poem looks beautifully and accurately expressed.)

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 03/22/10 at 03:33 PM

This reminds me of my favorite poem by Yeats "When You Grow Old". Absolutely beautiful. "I am stunned by the depth of your soul". Terrific- thank you.

Posted by Angela Stevens on 07/17/12 at 08:22 PM


Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 03/24/13 at 02:42 PM

Great to see this as POTD!

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