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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Death's Complaint

Eftsoons* at my door someone came;
I eagerly asked the name,
I listened the name as death;
I feared and paused my breath.

She quoth* don't fear;
oh my innocent dear,
I am not thy* foe;
I have a great woe.

I asked but what thou* woe is?
replied she; just guess,
I was unable to know;
she wanted something to show.

She quoth please tell me why;
when I am near; people cry,
she quoth please tell me why;
people pray when I am nigh*.

I quoth they fear of thou;
but they don't know,
that thou are just a phase of life;
but they don't want to strife.

 ~Shreya ♥
P.S. My creation, please do not copy!!
P.P.S. I have used old english words like eftsoons= once upon a time, quoth= said, thou= you, thy= your, nigh= near in time. This was written by me in grade 10. 

28 comments:

  1. Wow!

    I loved the rhyming and story you weaved beautifully :)

    Nice read!

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  2. I was taught to never wipe my mouth on the table quoth...

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  3. Lovely...the conversation was wonderfully weaved and the touch of old English added to its beauty! :)

    Nice poem and a lovely blog!

    Take Care

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  4. Shreya, lovely poem once again. And you wrote it when you were in class 10!!!Amazing

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  5. Excellent compostition Sherya! Very true conflic related to death.

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  6. Shreya! Am amazed at your skill, in poetry! Looks like an artist's handiwork and not a composition of a tenth grade, sweet sixteen!

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  7. Profound...way to serious and brilliant to have written at that age.

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  8. Good one....The standards/ talent of ur poetry are deeply rooted it seems.......

    keep goin......

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  9. "I quoth they fear of thou;
    but they don't know,
    that thou are just a phase of life;
    but they don't want to strife"

    so true buddy... nice one...

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  10. Loved your reference to old English words.. :)
    Its was beautiful :)

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  11. @Simran: Thanks :) xx

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  12. So lovely and I enjoyed learning what 'eftsoons' translated to! As I came across the time of when this was penned ~ WoW! Awesome writing :) Great images too :) ♥

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  13. Its awesome..
    loved the concept of "Death's complaint"

    n it was fun to read those old words.

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  14. very nice Shreya ji ...... thanks. i invite u on my blog .

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  15. magical poetry Shreya ,at grade 10 !very deep and profound thinking to relate to a conversation with death at that age.u'r poems have a nice balance of imagery and real-life situations.keep evolving !

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  16. @Fiona: Thanks :) Yea sometimes playing with old words is fun. :) xx

    @Jyoti: Yeah.. Thanks :) xx

    @Naveen Mani Tripathi: Thanks for stopping by, I have visited your blog and commented. :)

    @Rohit: Thanks, you are yourself a nice writer. :)

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  17. Conversation with death!! Well that's something unique!
    Well done :)

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  18. Shreya,

    Very well composed to convey fear of death felt by each one. And written at such an young age.

    Take care

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  19. Ph_: Thanks :) xx

    @Sir Jack: Thanks, glad you liked :)

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  20. Hi, I llike this, it is very original showing great imagination.

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  21. wow..wonderful... and thanks for the P.S. or else i had totally misunderstood the meaning of these words :)

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  22. and serusly in class 10? i did not even know english poetry existed when i was in 10th grade... thats awesome :)

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  23. @Rch: Thanks :)

    @Muhammad Israr: Yea, I wrote this in grade 10, I have been writing since grade 6. :) Thanks. :)

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  24. Such a young age. Thank you for sharing poetry!

    I am the 100th subscriber! :D
    Erick Flores

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  25. @Eflores: Thanks :) you are welcome here. :)

    @Pawan: Thanks :)

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