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To the Praise of Everyman

A Short Poem of Gratitude

By Emily Marie ConcannonPublished 2 years ago • 1 min read
To the Praise of Everyman
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As Dante passed through the woods of the world,

He met the man of whom stories were told,

Virgil, he was, in the days of his life,

Yet in death, he wandered with shades who were rife.

To guide young Dante on paths that are right,

Was the mission of lonely Virgil that night.

He met the man and took up his hand,

And guided him, led him, to the Great Promised Land,

Yet who was with Virgil to guide him in Death?

To comfort him in times of Distress?

Did ever he cry alone in the Abyss?

And ponder his state in the world of Iblis?

I wonder these things alone in my room,

And think I'd like to meet with him soon,

Yet the Aenid is all I have of this soul,

Before he departed and went to Hell's door.

Grateful am I for pen and paper,

For it gives me a chance to commune with the Maker,

Not god in the sense of Priests and Popes,

But rather the Poet, who always brought hope.


I remember I bought an old copy of Virgil's Aeneid from a used bookseller. The copy was tattered and torn, but the inscription always made me feel loved:

"Every Man, I will go with thee,

To be Thy Guide,

In Thy Most Need, To Go By Thy Side."

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Emily Marie Concannon

I am a world nomad with a passion for vegan food, history, coffee, and equality.

You can find my first novel on Kindle Vella here: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09V4S7T4N :) I appreciate all your support and engagement! :)

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Comments (7)

  • Veronica Coldiron2 years ago

    I love the depth of your expressions!! Great job!

  • Excellent words and a wonderful poetic journey

  • J. Delaney-Howe2 years ago

    Well written! Thank you for taking us on a journey!

  • KJ Aartila2 years ago

    I couldn't help smiling as I read this pondering poem - I felt like I was going along for the journey. :)

  • Heather Hubler2 years ago

    That was really fantastic, Emily! I felt like I was on a journey. The last line just brought it home. Loved it!

  • Well written and good rhymes. Good job!

  • Wow! That was amazing!

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