“AT THE END” – A poem by Ed Meek


He was so old his bones seemed to swim in his skin.
And when I took his hand to feel his pulse
I felt myself drawn in. It was as faint
as the steps of a child
padding across the floor in slippers,
and yet he was smiling.
I could almost hear a river
running beneath his breath.
The water clear and cold and deep.
He was ready and willing to wade on in.

By Ed Meek

I like the poem for its graphic images .“He was so old his bones seemed to swim “-a highly graphic image.One could imagine the bones sticking out in the shriveled up skin and when the limbs move they seem to be swimming.The next one is again very touching -“I felt myself drawn in” .The poem continues to use the aquatic imagery -an extension of the swimming .“it was as faint as the steps of a child /Paddling across the floor in slippers”-the child is paddling . I could almost hear a river running beneath his breath .The water clear and cold and deep. Finally ,he was ready and willing to wade on in.

3 comments on ““AT THE END” – A poem by Ed Meek

  1. Gera says:

    I think this poem had amazing imagery. I’m writing a paper on it in my American Lit class.

  2. Kate says:

    THANK YOU! This helped me with my poem project more than you can imagine!!!!!!

  3. Hi: Thank you for posting my poem. It’s from a book called What We Love that’s available at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. –Ed Meek

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