Treasure Island

Sandi J Holland


Contemplating Death


Many things can take away
The hope we have on earth.
The losing of a job, a home,
Disease, sickness, worse.

To live a life of poverty.
To stumble into drugs.
To victimize a younger child.
To search and search for love.

But there is not a hopelessness
That equals that of death.
The ending of a human life,
Which leaves us all bereft.

It is the end of everything,
A fear we cannot voice.
The final ending of a life,
And no one has a choice.

We cannot say, 'I choose to stay, '
Or, 'I will keep you here.'
We cannot stop encroaching time.
We cannot stop the fear.

But there is always every chance
To right the wrongs we do.
As long as we are living still
And certain others too.

For through these deeds we counteract
The fear of ending all.
For loving deeds go on to live
Forever, through us all.

Submitted: Saturday, August 03, 2013
Edited: Friday, August 30, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

My spirit does not fear death anymore because I live with strong faith. But death is a serious issue that few discuss, until it is too late. Some never have a chance to until it is upon them, or someone they love.

This poem is part of my chapbook 'Death Fragments: Shard 1' in which I share, through poetry and prose (mine and others) , deep and profound thoughts about dying. Why? Because as I say at the end of my chapbook, ...to accept is to explore, to wonder, to ponder and to integrate. I hope 'Death Fragments' has helped you to start your quest for peace with the inevitable, for it's not if, but when...

I believe that if at all possible, it's good to die knowing that I've helped others in some way, or tried to. I feel that my good deeds will go on to live and replicate, for as long as the world continues to stand.

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  • Sj Holland (8/28/2013 12:44:00 PM)

    @Heather
    Thank you. I love what you said about walk gently through life helping the needy have mercy on the weary. (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins (8/26/2013 3:09:00 AM)

    walk gently through life helping the needy have mercy on the weary. in the end there will be a reward great write. (Report) Reply

  • Sj Holland (8/25/2013 5:24:00 PM)

    @Patricia
    Thanks for reading. Death is a leveler. Too bad that it does not help people to use more compassion in dealing with each other. (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (8/23/2013 5:20:00 PM)

    Death is the great leveler of all humanity. It is a part of life and we
    all must walk that path. Hopefully we will live a life that is pleasing
    and be a comfort to others. God will see us through. Nice write. (Report) Reply

  • Sj Holland (8/8/2013 6:14:00 PM)

    @Khairul Ahsan
    Thank you for reading. Yes, the thoughts of others about this poem are comforting too. So kind of you to call it a deft piece of work. And notes, I like including them because they interest some readers. I'm happy to reach out to others. I'm glad that I've confirmed some of your recent thoughts. I'm sure this poem was meant for you. Take care and see you around. (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (8/8/2013 10:39:00 AM)

    It's a joy to read the comments of the other poets here too, and your replies thereto. (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (8/8/2013 10:36:00 AM)

    You have echoed some of my recent thoughts in this poem. A deft piece of work involving a subject few want to discuss.
    The note is great too, as are the last two stanzas.
    Very well done. (Report) Reply

  • Sj Holland (8/8/2013 10:10:00 AM)

    @Bobby Wynn
    Thank you! If I can help comfort someone then I feel I've done a great job. In helping others, I help myself. Would have entered it in the contest, but felt that it's too controversial and non-universal because most people don't want to think about death. (Report) Reply

  • Sj Holland (8/6/2013 9:55:00 PM)

    @Brian Skyers
    Thanks for visiting and appreciating my work. I'm glad it helped you to have a quiet time. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Skyers (8/5/2013 2:23:00 PM)

    Read this poem and found myself in such a quiet frame..it may be the time of our lives
    but I think it's the poem..beautiful..
    thank you for comments on my work, (Report) Reply

  • Sj Holland (8/4/2013 8:12:00 AM)

    @Bradley Jay Phipps
    So glad you found my poem. We live in a strange, uncomfortable world, that for many is just a stopover to a much better place. I'm happy to write about death, to bless many people. (Report) Reply

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