Poets Die Young


In case I die too fast of this sad wound, thought light it seems to be, take note that I refuse to let this mortal flesh rest silent in a graveyard row with countless other men. For men may rather count on me to rage and row as if appointed spokesman by my fellow dead, rotting refuse of no note, that cannot bring to light their cause of death, wound tight in funeral shrouds stained red as if with dye. A case, an empty frame like mine, fast-starved, may rather yet still wound with light, or pitch a note to shatter fragile hubris of those who yet refuse to row the Styx. Stick-thin, my resting bones will still recount the fallen rows, the funds refused, and annotate the lists of light-armed men, wounded, fast-abandoned cases of no merit – by those who fuel their second homes, expense accounts and daily cleans with blood-bought budget cuts.


Soldiers die younger



Michael Forester

The Forest


  1. Poets die young, I think they do.
    If they do not learn how to spend each day as it comes
    If they do not learn to live each day as if it were their last…

    If they keep looking for things which cannot be changed
    Refraining from keeping both feet firmly planted on the ground
    Ignoring the simple pleasures this lifetime can bring

    Refusing to live each day as it comes… Sorry my own thoughts- Janet

  2. Poetry reflects emotional issues, usually the pain that they’re suffering, and wounded soul. Poetry also is a glimpse of the emotional aspects of our journey. An emotional poets pour out his pain by writing poetry or short stories in a way that he can release his souls negativity. Poets die young maybe because poets are tortured, misery and prone to self-destruction, or it could be that poets become famous young, so their early deaths are noticed. Whatever! . It all depends on poets on how he handles the situation. It could be because writing poetry is his hobby, therefore, balancing emotional and intellectual issues are important. Life is too short, or it would be anyway.
    -Arven Crisostomo

  3. Dana Princess M. Alforte

    The poetry itself reflects the reality in life. Poets die young maybe because of those emotional issues on which they can’t handle by themselves and so they burst it out through their poetry. In contrast, the soldiers cause of death is totally different from them. They even put their lives into danger just to defend their countrymen and to accomplish their mission. Though the poets themselves serve as an inspiration for their readers because of their inspiring and full of effort creative works. I must agree with Mr. Forester that the soldiers deserve a recognition on their funeral rite because of their heroic deed rather than the poets. -Dana Princess Alforte

  4. Mel Erika N. Del Mundo

    I guess it’s a moral obligation for poets to tell the tale of those soldiers who died in wars. To narrate the stories of the fallen because they can’t do it by themselves when they’re six feet underground. I feel pain for the families of the soldiers who are sent to war and are not sure if their beloved will come back alive. Maybe I’m too young to understand but one thing I know is that war brings countless deaths and heartbreaks.

  5. The author tells us that living this life is more to what we are in present. Contributing today and leaving a mark for tomorrow is not a simple thing yet he urges us to leave a legacy that is worth telling. A legacy that would help prevent one’s name from dying.
    This poem encourages us to go against the flow and tells us that choosing the majority doesn’t mean choosing the right thing.

  6. Poets die young but the words they inculcated to their readers will always be an irreplaceable inheritance. What I mean is , even poets gone for wherever reason, once a reader already read his work, it’s irreversible. It’ll affect automatically the reader’s soul.

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