Thomas Hood: We watched her breathing through the night
Emily Dickinson: After great pain a formal feeling comes

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Here she is in all her glory, my little wren was indeed a genius. The thoughts in this poem were also expressed by her in a letter to a friend after her (Emily's) father died.

--- Joe Psarto

Westlake, OH

"Ask Not of Death"--a free verse poem by David K. Mead was first published in 1990 and subsequently used at his mother's funeral two years later. It's reminiscent of Robert Frost's poetic imagery and setting although it's not in blank verse.

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