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Who knows the words the wise man spoke in bed
With one last breath, he spoke, but all in vain
The words now lost, known only to the dead

Perhaps they were a letting out of dread
Perhaps he was merely expressing pain
Who knows the words the wise man spoke in bed

The lost now know the workings of his head
But they care not; they have nothing to gain
The words now lost, known only to the dead

Some great wisdom by which we should be led
Or ways to clean humanity's dark stain
Who knows the words the wise man spoke in bed

Cast to the earth and to the worms he's fed
And some great truth he silently retains
The words now lost, known only to the dead

And so, farewell wise one and all you've said
The realm of knowledge you did rightly reign
Who knows the words the wise man spoke in bed
The words now lost, known only to the dead
Yup. I write poetry. It's what I do.

Well, not really. See, this was written over two years ago as an English assignment, and subsequently submitted as part of another assignment to my school's student anthology, in the hopes that it might be published.

And it was. For a whole year, my poem was part of a book that was required reading for many English classes in my school. I wonder if any papers were written about it?

The reason I submit this now is, not only because I want SOMETHING on this page, but because it is the 2-year anniversary of my grandfather's death, and I feel like celebrating his life somehow. A writer himself, he is one of my major inspirations, and I have his degree proudly displayed whenever I need a pick-me-up. And although he was alive when I wrote this... when it got published, it was introduced in the book as a poem about "the memories of a long gone grandfather."

I don't know if the editors of the book were just being very symbolic, or if they did not realize that the title of the poem is not a joke and it really IS about Einstein, but I don't really care. I dedicate this one to you, gramps.
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TheTigeressWithin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! I like this! I wonder what Einstein's final words really were.
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queliceros Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
I like it too!
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AoiSora19S Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconwiseplz: very well written
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FearsomeBunny Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
I have this book! I feel special...
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SnowHawk7 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know too much about poetry but I really liked this, great work. And it got published, very impressive.
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Axel230 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Is this about Einstein's last words? Those theories and thoughts that only he knew but never let know?
Great one, glad that you pay some sort of homenage to him
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LE-the-Creator Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011   Digital Artist
Hmm, from the title, I thought this was going to be a sarcastic and critical poem about somebody who did something stupid. Turned out to be the opposite. :happycry:
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Twero Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A very kind way to make a tribute to your grandfather. =)
The poem is really good, I loved how you repeat the last sentences, as the need to give a special attention to that.
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PurpleInk777 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Excellent work! Well worth being published, IMHO!! :idea:

Keep up the good work -- your grandfather would be so proud of you!! :tribute::thumbsup:
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know much about poems but I really liked this one! And the story behind this poem was touching!
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