Immortality – Lynn White

They tried them all,

the amulets and potions

of their time and place.

Some worked for a time

but death overcame them

in the end 

and proclaimed

their ungodlike mortality.

They were buried like treasure

with their treasures 

from this life

readied for the next,

living on only in memories

which faded like funeral flowers.

 

It was not enough.

 

So portraits were painted 

on the bindings of mummies

or the wooden lids of coffins,

stone effigies were carved 

on tombstones,

but only 

for the rich and already godlike.

 

It’s democratised now.

Ceramic portraits carefully

incorporated into gravestones,

likenesses to be viewed 

down the centuries,

glimpses of a life passed,

a brush with immortality.

 


 

Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined.  Find Lynn at: https://lynnwhitepoetry.blogspot.com and https://www.facebook.com/Lynn-White-Poetry-1603675983213077/

One thought on “Immortality – Lynn White

  1. Pingback: Sunday Best: pomegranate seeds – FREE VERSE REVOLUTION

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s