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 loves 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,
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!