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If I . . . September 19, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Mindfulness, Poetry.

220px-Horse_and_ManIf I
Were going to die
Knowing what I know
Would I
Scream and cry
That I don’t want to go?

Words unsaid
Deeds undone
Experiences yet to try . . .

Could I
Say Good-Bye
Without a backwards glance?
Must I
Cling and sigh
With true remonstrance?

Lives lived
Smiles shared
A bucket full of lies.

But I was born to die, that’s in the cards, I know.
If I were going to die, I’d pack my bags and go.

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1. Paula - September 19, 2010

Very nice, Nancy, and thoughtful. I might have a response to this one, but I’ll think on it a bit!

I am reminded of a talk I heard from the Chief of one of the Indian nations in upstate New York:

“We of all beings are most blessed, because we alone know we are going to die.” Powerful!

nrhatch - June 10, 2011

Doing a bit of clean-up on SLTW. Realized I’d never responded to the comments on this post.

I agree with the Chief . . . knowing we are going to die gives us the impetus to make the most of the time we have.

2. cindy - September 20, 2010

An ‘if’ perhaps not dwelled on too much…

nrhatch - June 10, 2011

Another paradox of sorts ~

When I’m happy, and I know it, I’m too busy clapping my hands with joy to ponder and wonder introspective questions.

And, of course, less rosy times are not the best time for introspection and self-evaluation.

3. nothingprofound - September 20, 2010

Food for thought. One wonders about that final leg of the journey. I guess we won’t really know until we get there.

nrhatch - June 10, 2011

I expect the best we can do is use our imagination so that we are not terrified at the prospect of one door closing and another opening . . . into the great beyond on the other side of the rainbow.

4. Naomi - September 20, 2010

Thought-provoking in a good way, thank you, Nancy 🙂

nrhatch - June 10, 2011

Thanks, Naomi. Pondering and wondering allows our imaginations to soar.

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