We shall not ever meet them bearded in heaven
Nor sunning themselves among the bald of hell;
If anywhere, in the deserted schoolyard at twilight,
forming a ring, perhaps, or joining hands
In games whose very names we have forgotten.
Come memory, let us seek them there in the shadows.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Donald Justice's poem On The Death Of Friends In Childhood

9 Comments

  1. Brian says:

    Very well written and very deep……will make u think

  2. Joe says:

    This poem brings up a lot of questions. Does the child know the difference between heaven or hell? What is moving about it is that Justice wants to seek the child out in the shadows or his memories. He wants a crisp picture of his lost friend. Very Moving

  3. Laura says:

    Personally, this poem by justice is extremely well written. The way he simply states, “we shall not ever meet them beared in heaven”(line 1) shows how the innocence of his lost friend will be preserved. Lovely, simply lovely.

  4. Laura says:

    Personally, this poem by justice is extremely well written. The way he simply states, “we shall not ever meet them beared in heaven”(line 1) shows how the innocence of his lost friend will be preserved. Lovely, simply lovely.

  5. natalie wiggins says:

    this poem dos’nt make sence it’s sad but wat dose it mean!

  6. Tori says:

    I kind of understand what this poem means, but at the same time, I don’t

  7. Ben Qualls says:

    The creator has had touch with this type of loss and paints it well –I thank them

  8. Kassandra says:

    I agree tha it is a well-typed poem, but now the rest of my day will be crappy and depressing. That’s just my opinion. I prefer blue skies and sunshine to overcast skies and cold rain.

  9. James says:

    This is a very well typed poem

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