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Better the clean flame

Than the cold, dark earth ~

Rather the purifying fire

Than the humble worm ~

When my spirit flies free ~

And my soul has slipped

The bonds of its earthly

Envelope of flesh ~

I suppose it no longer

Matters what becomes of

The body I have left behind ~

But it served me well when

We were one ~ and I would

Give it a bright ending

As I have mine ~

So wash away the scent of death

And wrap it in white linen ~

Then feed it to the cleansing

Flame ~ burn it away till there

Is nothing left but ash ~

For I am already gone

Upon my journey and would

Leave no ties behind me ~

© 2012, Melody Haislip. All rights reserved.

Melody Haislip (23 Posts)

I began writing poetry in my early 20s, and then put it aside and forgot it. Then a couple of years ago, I suddenly began writing ~ about everything under the sun ~ and I began to write poetry again. Or perhaps I should say channel more than write, since I feel that I am merely the conduit for some of the pieces I write. Those are the best of times, when the words flow, and those are the words which speak to others. Wish I could live in that state all the time!


  1. Melody, this is so thought-provoking, almost begging us to put our houses in order and find only that which has true meaning. Starkly honest, you force us to assess. Beautifully done.

    • Melody Haislip (Author)

      The words flowed out with the music. If they are honest that is why. I believe you already know the truth. I’m so glad you liked it, Cher.

  2. That is so excellent, you were speaking words my wife may have said. She was Cremated, as I will be. She was cremated September 28th 2011. Had Died September 25, 2011 and this spring will be scattered at sea. I am going to send your poem to my daughter and my friends. It is beyond words to me.

    • Melody Haislip (Author)

      Dan, maybe they are her words. Does anyone really know from where our brains summon up the words we write? Perhaps she was speaking to you. I know I have read the words of other writers and heard them speak to me. And now this poem will have special meaning for me, as well.

  3. Wow! This is perfectly stated. You should make this into a Greeting Card for mourners that have lost a dear one and who has been cremated. It is truly lovely.

    • Melody Haislip (Author)

      Well, there’s one I never thought of. I don’t know, it seems a little stark for Hallmark. Maybe I’d have to start my own line. I’m glad you liked it.

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