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A Matter of Life And Death

by Zettel 

Posted: 01 February 2020
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A Matter of Life and Death

I have never denied God
I do not know
What that might mean
Or why He would care
Death is not an event in life
Wittgenstein said
If there is life after death
Then there is no
Being dead 
Just two modes
Of living

If death is the end
Then there is no
Being dead
No pain no grief
No regret no fear
Just - no being
Whatever that might mean

The pain of death
(Not dying)
Is felt by the living
Death makes life sacred
And love shows
we see the truth
and at last
We understand. 

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Practicer at 14:01 on 02 February 2020  Report this post
What Wittgenstein said is a very reassuring quote. This is a very gentle and readable poem on a difficult subject.
I like the sense of describing the abstract aspect in the second verse. The sense of feeling the confusion of life but still having a belief with how one is experiencing everything that is happening.

V`yonne at 13:13 on 03 February 2020  Report this post
I really like this. 

I liked the way you set out the religious and philosophical thought that lead into considering death. I have 2 suggestions with regard to the last stanza, perhaps to make the conclusion more powerful:


And love ensures
we see the truth
and at last
We understand
Death makes life sacred 

I think it is true that death makes life sacred. Very nice writing.

Zettel at 13:07 on 29 February 2020  Report this post
Sorry for the delay in response. Hospital. 
Thanks for the comments: much appreciated. Glad you like the piece. 
v'yonne I like your suggestion but I stuck with mind as I wanted the sense that the world offers us the possibility of making, creating a positive connection between love and mortality: rather than the sense of the world actually showing us that connection. A question perhaps of creation rather than discovery. But both work I think. Thanks as ever for an insightful observation. 

best to all

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