March 1, 2017
Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is death.
Today’s poem argues for the benefits of not believing in a life after death.
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The only hope is that there is no hope,
For then one's vision can adjust to darkness.
Life after death might help a body cope,
But one should savor life in all its starkness.
With Heaven gone, the heavens, free to speak,
Tell us of a universe uncaring,
Vast and violent, with storms that wreak
Havoc on what worlds might be life bearing.
How sweet just to admit that death's the end!
Of course, of course we've known it all along!
Despite millennia of myths, we tend
To doubt when the insistence seems too strong.
This we know: We perish and are gone.
Beneath the moment's fertile soil is stone.
© by Nicholas Gordon
Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at http://www.poemsforfree.com/theon2.html. For more poems about death, go to http://www.poemsforfree.com/deathpoems.html .
This week’s theme: Death
February 27: One Night I Saw Aaron
February 28: I Wish That I Could Bring You to the LordMarch 1: The Only Hope Is that There Is No Hope