The Halls Of The Dead

Faithful readers…
This is another uncensored one, that was triggered by the first two lines. When I read those first eleven words aloud, I got a chill down my spine. Hope you like it.

The voices are stilled now,
In the halls of the dead.
Where once royal pardons
Saved miscreants heads.

At peace now the warriors,
Who fought without fear.
Their bodies recumbent
In silk pure and sheer.

The voices are stilled now,
In the halls of the dead.
Where prayers to the maker
Were devoutly said.

No more the whispers,
That echoed and sighed.
As people in mourning
Averted their eyes.

The voices are stilled now,
In the halls of the dead.
No more passing footsteps
Of a hesitant tread.

The feet of the supplicant,
Unsure on the stone.
No more with their priest,
Nor passing alone.

The voices are stilled now,
In the halls of the dead.
The ghosts are all missing
The spirits all fled.

Now all that is left,
Is the wind as it blows.
Throughout all the eaves
And down row after row.

Come join me in silence,
In the halls of the dead.
If you listen with care
You’ll hear what was said.

Advertisements

9 Responses to The Halls Of The Dead

  1. Very moving and mysterious in that your poem is not tied to any one specific anchor – it could be a war poem, a fantasy, a wondering eye cast over aged tombs or melancholic nostalgia.
    Third read and it still works on many levels. Excellent!

  2. Twindaddy says:

    This…is…amazing.

  3. 1jaded1 says:

    I feel I could be,
    In the halls of the dead.
    When I close my eyes
    With image in head.
    Your poem is very vivid.

  4. fibee5 says:

    chills down my spine. wow! 🙂

    • Simon says:

      I know, I got the same when I wrote it. I’m still frustrated that I can’t paint the pictures I see in my mind clearly enough, but the feedback I get about how people react to my words is very gratifying.

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 )

Twitter picture

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

Facebook photo

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

Google+ photo

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

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: