To the dead we go!

As I was preparing my manuscript for entry into a poetry chapbook contest, I came across this poem. It reflects upon my childhood, to a time when my brother and I ran away from home and hid in the cemetery. As today is also my brother’s birthday, I thought it would be nice to share this poem in lieu of a gift (since I’m broke and can’t afford to buy gifts).  Happy Birthday, my brother. And to the rest of you, I hope you also enjoy!


To the dead we go!


Brother said we had to run,

run, run away from home!

Where to go?

Anywhere but home!

To the dead we go!


Along the graveled road,

through the woods we trek;

over the barrel bridge

to cross the dried-up creek.


Beyond the old lagoon,

with towering weeds

and whispering clatters;

traversing trodden trails,

across the fields and thickets—

To the dead we go!


We looked at gravestones,

spoke of dead things,

and how we shouldn’t

have tread where dead were buried.


With light of day then fading,

ghosts swarming in a field,

angered and vengeful,

we made a swift return

back through woods to home—

To the dead we go!

About Wesley D. Gray

Wesley D. Gray is a writer of things mostly strange. He is an Active member of the Horror Writers Association, a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, an author of fiction, and a poet. His first two books include Come Fly with Death: Poems Inspired by the Artwork of Zdzislaw Beksinski, and the horror novel, Feeding Lazarus (originally published as Rafe Grayson). When he isn't working, Wesley enjoys geek status while claiming to be: a tabletop gamer, a reader, a dreamer, a veteran, a Trekkie, a Whovian, an amateur photographer, a radiographer, nature-lover, coffeeholic, boxed wine enthusiast, and an all-around nice guy, among other things. He resides in Florida with his wife and two children. Also connect via: * * Twitter: @wesdgray * * * View all posts by Wesley D. Gray

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