Tri Duong
I HOLD that when a person dies
His soul returns again to earth;
Arrayed in some new flesh-disguise
Another mother gives him birth.
With sturdier limbs and brighter brain
The old soul takes the road again.

Such is my own belief and trust;
This hand, this hand that holds the pen,
Has many a hundred times been dust
And turned, as dust, to dust again;
These eyes of mine have blinked and shown
In Thebes, in Troy, in Babylon.

All that I rightly think or do,
Or make, or spoil, or bless, or blast,
Is curse or blessing justly due
For sloth or effort in the past.
My life's a statement of the sum
Of vice indulged, or overcome.

I know that in my lives to be
My sorry heart will ache and burn,
And worship, unavailingly,
The woman whom I used to spurn,
And shake to see another have
The love I spurned, the love she gave.

And I shall know, in angry words,
In gibes, and mocks, and many a tear,
A carrion flock of homing-birds,
The gibes and scorns I uttered here.
The brave word that I failed to speak
Will brand me dastard on the cheek.

And as I wander on the roads
I shall be helped and healed and blessed;
Dear words shall cheer and be as goads
To urge to heights before unguessed.
My road shall be the road I made;
All that I gave shall be repaid.

So shall I fight, so shall I tread,
In this long war beneath the stars;
So shall a glory wreathe my head,
So shall I faint and show the scars,
Until this case, this clogging mould,
Be smithied all to kingly gold.
41 Responses

  1. dirtfarmer Says:

    awesome. i like to believe in reincarnation myself.

  2. Mithridates Says:

    One is All and All is One.

    All come from the Earth, and so shall all Return.

    Great poem.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I used to think that I believed reincarnation was real, and then I decided I was fooling myself, and that I'd always known it wasn't really feasible. It's a nice poem, but I prefer others that you've posted more.

  4. Flippy Says:

    such an eerily serene yet thought provoking image. The dichotomy is really interestin there

  5. Drew Blues Says:

    Wow. That's really good. Sad, but some of the best art ever created is sad.

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  6. I really liked this. Reincarnation is something I often wonder about, and it's nice to see it discussed prettily.

  7. Kraxpelax Says:

    The Moon
    on a cat


    As a native Swede, I am particularly proud of my love poetry suite Sonnets for Katie.

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    Sexuality introduces Death to Being; and indeed Life simultaneously. This is the profound Myth of the Eden. The work of the Serpent. Bringing us out of "blessed" Standstill. So, in contrast to the mindless pietism of vulgar Christianity, my personal "Christo-Satanism" should be given serious thought by the Enlightened Few, the Pneumatics, the 1% Outlaws. The Light Bringer must be rehabilitated, beacause if not, the All of it simply doesn't make sense: true Catholicism is necessarily Meta Catholicism.

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  8. iammyself Says:

    great post as usual

  9. ihazasad Says:

    Caroline, you are awesome :)

  10. Anonymous Says:

    very beautiful man i like it very much

  11. did you shop that photo yourself? i love it!

  12. MySNsucks923 Says:

    So pretty.... 4.5/5 lol

  13. MacPCharmony Says:

    wow, this mimics what I'm feeling... my gf just left to go to medical school

  14. Swift Love Says:

    is this actually a song?

  15. SC2 Strats Says:

    good stuff for sure. awesome blog, you got a new follower!

  16. I love his style. I dunno what it is about him but he always manages to stand out for other poets.

  17. BLUERAD Says:

    Long time no see Caroline, liking this poem very much, how has it been going lately?

  18. Very touching, going to remember this one.

  19. Anonymous Says:

    its really beautiful

  20. Han Says:

    I always find poetry more enjoyable if I agree with the subject matter. Nicely written nonetheless, I've not encountered John Masefield before.

  21. Anonymous Says:

    Man, keep up the good work, I love your poems :]

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  23. tortacular Says:

    this blog awesome!!!

  24. Anonymous Says:

    beautiful story man

  25. level85nerd Says:

    very nice :) like it!

  26. Good job! This is great poetry!

  27. Fuuuuuuuu Says:

    this is really deep

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