On Dying

Jan Richardson

The fear
of the thing
the unknown
where sailors
tumble into
the abyss

We still
set dragons
on our charts
where darkness
denies insight
play us

A priest
or any poet
will know better
a poem’s last line
is another’s first
angels mark
the spot

“Being old enough to die is an achievement, not a defeat,
and the freedom it brings is worth celebrating.” ~ Barbara Ehrenreich


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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6 Responses to On Dying

  1. angels mark the spot
    where we enter life…

    Great poem Peter

    Liked by 2 people

  2. a sublime expression of faith – the quote is wonderful

    Liked by 1 person

  3. rivrvlogr says:

    “last line… first” certainly is true, considering we all have to re-start somewhere.

    Liked by 1 person

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