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some people are dead
long before they die -

there's just no burial
or cremation,
no funeral
for the spirit
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Quindayo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Student General Artist
True that.
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bitteryetsweet Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
A shame that this is true; some of us merely existed, and never truly lived.
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kittypetz Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
i cant fav this enough
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christiano2211 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
this is me ! :lol:
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014   General Artist
*sigh* :love:
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Morticia-Lynne Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Student Writer
Marvelous work as always, I just have a tinge more favor for this one though <3
The wording is just too perfect here.
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Saihai Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I like this one in particular, because this might be about the 'grey mass of indistinct people' or a very depressed individual. 
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TheMidnightWhisp Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Dear oaklungs,
I've said this before and I'll say it again. 
Your work is beyond amazing. Truly inspiring and if people don't get it or like it that's their problem. I love your style of writing and many others do too. 
:hug: You are a fantastic poet.
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fableweaver55 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, and they walk around like dead-eyed robots and look at you as if you're crazy for trying to do something different.

Currently reading "The Fifth Mountain" by Paulo Coelho and you poem reminded me of a quote in the book: 

"Souls too, like rivulets and plants, needed a different kind of rain: hope, faith, a reason to live. When this did not come to pass, everything in that soul died, even if the body went on living; and the people could say: 'Here in this body there was once a man.'"
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TheThingThatSmiles Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well said.
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blubbityblub Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
you break my heart everytime you write. i get the impression that i've said this before, but good lord you're gifted.
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anila73 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
you are a soul
you have a body

your body will fall away, the spirit
will wriggle out, open its eyes-
it won't wait for the body,
it'll run away to richer places

but sometimes the spirit is
forgotten and chokes to death-
what's left shrivels and never
breaks free; the body stays to
grieve
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cheetah-spotts Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student General Artist
certainly know how this feels
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Nestharon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014   Writer
Funny how so many people interpret "death" in many ways. For me "death" is a start, not an end. One truly starts to exist after he/she died (or in other words, transformed)...
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XenAshwood Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
 Preparing ban hammer. Target locked.
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TheMidnightWhisp Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
xD Ban hammer. Nice.
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Tygriess Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist
I do realize that this  has a vast spectrum of meanings but it kind of reminded me of what I read about Cotard's disease...
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Shinseinasenshi Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's truly sad...
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7R41N3D3RR0R157 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's probably where I am at right now. :-\
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theflame234 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Can someone tell me what this poem means cause I don't get it.
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spxcialneeds Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
From my point of view I think it means that people metaphorically feel nothing even when alive. Like depression for instance. Don't quote me or that though, I'm probably wrong.
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wxnderlust Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so deep. brilliant
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yocarolyn Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student General Artist
I love how this piece is so short - yet is so deep and gets right to the point :D
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MoonLightDaiyz Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Wow ....I like this. It's like a mental emotional thought and it's spiritual. Thanks for sharing ^^ I'll fav this, if that's alright.
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nami64 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
it reminds me of Benjamin Franklin quote:  “Most people die at 25 and aren’t buried until they’re 75.” :)
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theflame234 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
what does that mean?
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EverythingIsWords Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
It means that although they are still breathing and doing things and technically alive, they no longer feel like they're really living. They feel no love, hope, or dreams. They're empty. The life in their heart has died -  it just takes longer for the life in their body to die, as well.

The good thing, however, is that this kind of 'death' doesn't have to be as permanent as the real death. Hope can be restored, dreams can be rebuilt, and people can learn to love again. These people can 'come back to life'. 

(This is just my interpretation of what I think it means. Other people can have differing opinions.)
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theflame234 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
thank you for the clarification. It mostly deals with depression, pessimism, and feelings like those right?
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BirdGVee Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Mmmh, true that...
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djinn98 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
I love it. Well done.  :)
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Yes. It is a sad thing that some people, when they die physically, it's like their body simply follows their spirit because inside they were dead to begin with. 
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I agree, but I also think that they can come back to live as well, but die over and over again. 
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JGBenitez Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
...that's because the spirit is immortal...
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lianarainbow50 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
I don't feel this way about those who've left me, but there's others in my family still alive with no hearts. So I guess this is true. Nice poem.
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Dragon-Flowers Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so sad but true.
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BlondeLittleVampire Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That's true.
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duzetdaram Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
I like it.  You are true in your verse.   Nice job.
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bryanswhip Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
 Glad I'm not the only one who has felt this way.. I like this for what it is but I'm curious to hear what other thoughts you'd have on this, like an expansion.. This also reminds me of something I wrote a lil while back called "Dead Inside" check it out if you have free time. bryanswhip.deviantart.com/art/…
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Vanshira Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
 Why are you so awesome in so few words?
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Chibirin4 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014   General Artist
The only word to describe this is Perfect.
I can't even begin to tell you how much this hits home for me.
Thank you for putting it into words. Somehow that makes it a little more bearable.
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Sorcorer Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
If that's the case then I'm going through a resurrection.
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YamiKageHiraki Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Writer
ill be joining you then 
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Sorcorer Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Yay! Now I'm not alone!
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YamiKageHiraki Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Writer
Your NEVER alone!
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Sorcorer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
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