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Sallie Howson


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Death of a Poem


Shot down in its prime.
Shot down
While making daisy chains in the park
For little girls to be daisy queens.
Shot down
While tottering down the catwalk
In this years daring fashion.
Shot down
While bungee jumping from Brooklyn bridge.
Shot down
While kite boarding on Porthmadog beach
Shot down
While refusing ecstasy at a rave,
High on the beat and energy of the music
Shot down
While drawing a moustache on Mona Lisa
And carrying Michelangelo’s David
Back to its rightful place in the square,
Where he can enjoy the sunshine, rain and wind
In his hair.
Shot down in its prime.
Lying dead now
On a cold white slab.
Experts dissecting its liver and heart,
Picking over interesting bits.
Sew it back together
Please.
Don’t leave it in the fridge.
Give it a decent burial,
Leave it some dignity
And let me weep for it,
Shot down in its prime.

Submitted: Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Edited: Thursday, February 24, 2011

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  • Nika Mcguin (4/8/2014 12:59:00 PM)

    Shot down in its prime.
    Lying dead now
    On a cold white slab.
    Experts dissecting its liver and heart,
    Picking over interesting bits.
    Sew it back together
    Please.
    Don’t leave it in the fridge.
    Give it a decent burial,
    Leave it some dignity
    And let me weep for it,
    Shot down in its prime.

    Simply beautiful and heartbreaking. The part I pasted above really reigns in all of the emotion, pity and sadness, felt at the death of a poem. And let me weep for it for me that was the punch line!

    ~Nika (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (4/8/2013 2:35:00 PM)

    Shot down in its prime, young and delicate just like those New town kids.Couldn't help thinking of them while reading this soul touching poem. (Report) Reply

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (4/8/2013 9:55:00 AM)

    A great poem bewitching in its thought and beauty.! Leave it some dignity / And let me weep for it, / Shot down in its prime.- are lovely lines that capture the heart, Sallie! (Report) Reply

  • Hardik Vaidya (4/8/2013 5:01:00 AM)

    Sallie hawson you are the first and perhaps the last poet to have correctly aptly and brilliantly defined a poem. (Report) Reply

  • Kesav Easwaran (9/22/2008 2:15:00 AM)

    death of a poem...alright...but words resurrect strong here...a poem emotional built on good metaphor base...10 (Report) Reply

  • Stug Jordan (5/9/2007 5:17:00 PM)

    This is VERY good. Had to start it again straight away I enjoyed it so much. S x (Report) Reply

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