Epitaph, a variation

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Epitaph, a Variation°

Stop thee here thy redneck scum

Glimpse the final words he spun

Beneath the sod lies CCD

A poet once, or so thought he.

Although you scorned his lack of toil

He now resides beneath the soil

His words now silent lacking breath

Perhaps find life in lonely death.

°See Epitaph, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Submitted: March 31, 2021

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Mike S.

Was this fine poem about me, per chance, Craig?

Wed, March 31st, 2021 5:14pm


No, Mike. It's a nod to Coleridge. You can never have too many epitaphs.

Wed, March 31st, 2021 5:01pm


Nicely done, Craig!

Thu, April 1st, 2021 7:10pm


Thanks Hullabaloo22.
I'm reading The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood which quotes some Coleridge poetry. I found his poem Epitaph in an anthology and thought I'd update it. My manager is demanding I sort out a lifetime of poetry to publish. Hard to believe how tedious it is. Poetry takes a lot more time and effort than the cynics imagine. Dylan Thomas wrote 60 pages of manuscript work for his unfinished poem Elegy. I heard Iggy Pop do a rendition of Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night recently, which I quite liked. Anyway, you can never have too many epitaphs, I say.

Thu, April 1st, 2021 6:00pm

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