Life and Death – Free Verse – July 27, 2014


And if I had a choice
What would it be?
To keep walking in this valley of tears
Or through the valley of death
Alas, it seems to me,
There’s no choice at all
For whatever I might want
The final choice isn’t mine
Being that his majesty, Sir Death,
Will come and take me
In the End.

But, what if I had a choice
To defeat the Reaper Man,
Would I want to keep on forever
In this never-ending daily fight …
To see the constant cruelty
The awful maiming strife
Of inhumane humanity,
As it bulldozes its way through life …
I’d probably say … yes! Alas for me,
It’s a good thing I can’t choose,
In the End.

© G.s.k. ’14


Written for Relections Tracesprompts # 12

17 thoughts on “Life and Death – Free Verse – July 27, 2014

  1. In a book series I just finished — Arthur C. Clarke’s “Rama” series — one of the main characters struggled with this. She was in an alien world filled with transplants from Earth and from another planet – and discovered that even when given a clean slate and shown overwhelmingly positive examples set by the Ramans and the Earthlings’ fellow travelers – human nature didn’t change. People were mostly self-centered and ugly. The Ramans could keep her alive by changing one part at a time as it wore out – updating one “system” at a time as it failed — but she wondered at what point she would stop being herself and start being someone else — and if it would be worth it in the long run. She was incredibly weary of life and of people. (Long story, but she went through a heck of a lot.) In the end she decided to let herself pass away. (I think I would have chosen differently – but – who knows?)

    Like you said — maybe it’s a good thing we don’t get to choose in the end.
    Really liked this piece Georgia 🙂


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  3. I am currently reading The Book Thief – well I had to break from it to read We Are Water for book club. Anyway, in The Book Thief, the narrator is the collector of dead souls. It might be the first time I have had a supernatural narrator telling a story (great book). Your poem made me think of the book. We don’t choose our end, unless you consider suicide or medical euthanasia (not choices for me). I don’t think I would want to live eternally in this human body, because as you pointed out in your wonderful poem on the topic, humanity is often inhumane.


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