I'm not really big into poetry, reading or writing it, but I read this one poem from a new author here on Protagonize, and I felt moved to reply to it in my own way. Hope he/she doesn't mind. Anyway, here is the link:
In general, this poem is about saying goodbye to a friend that has died. I was not thinking of any one person while I wrote this. I thought of my grandfather who died in 1995. I thought of my Aunt Margie who died near the same time. I also thought of ones I never met, like my grandmother on my mom's side.
The "final bed" would probably be the coffin, though a cremated loved one has a "final bed" as well.
I believe we become "the devil's pawn" when we succumb to the bad desires that are naturally part of all of us. We are born with them, and they develop further as we live our life. When we don't say "No" to drugs, for example, I believe we become "the devil's pawn."
Now, the poem leaves the impression that the deceased did nothing bad in their life. This isn't possible, for we all sin and make mistakes every day. But, it is possible to deny the devil his pleasure. We can choose to live in a way that pleases God.
The "long dark night" is death.
The definition of "better place" is the real meaty part of this poem. Most people, I would think, would identify a "better place" as heaven. That is true. Heaven is a better place than many others, but I don't believe all good people go to heaven.
I believe that we do, in fact, go to hell when we die, but it isn't a fiery hell as many past and present have been lead to believe. When we die, we are part of God's memory, and he can choose to bring us back. While we are dead, we are in the common grave of mankind, God's memory.
I have the hope of living forever on a paradise here on Earth. Far fetched, some may say. Well, beliefs aren't suppose to be based upon present conditions. Even if you believe that you will go to heaven, you are looking for a "better place." If there was no war, crime, violence, hunger, and even death, wouldn't the earth be a "better place?"