Nearly Departed



In a cemetery I heard a heart pumping
Over a recently dug grave bed
Fist on the coffin lid thumping
Pleading from someone undead

Could I be dreaming
Wondering while looking around
Still hearing the screaming
Coming from under the ground

My hands on my chest
Surprised by the tombstone epitaph
It was me, just laid to rest
Reading it made me laugh

About this poem

Some poets never die.

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Written on June 14, 2023

Submitted on June 14, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABAB ACAC DEDE
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 348
Words 65
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4

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