Book of Life

Book of Life

A Poem by SeemsPoetic
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"What if we're like stars, We only shine bright when alive, Just a small light in a vast world that one day goes out, What if the weight of the world's what living life's all about"

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What if dying isn't death

If when we leave this world…


The weight of it is simply off our chest

When we take that final breath

We live the most memorable of moments all over again

But this time…


We’re at our best


What if only the best of memories replay

All the sadness,

The shame,

The madness,

The blame and the anguish…


What if they’re cast away

What if it's like waking up to not just another day

If only the happiness is the feeling that stays


What if…

Death is truly the end of all pain

If love is all we retain


What if…

The night sky…


And all the stars from above

Is all that remains


But...

I’m wondering about those stars

They too some day die

So…

What if we’re like stars…


We only shine bright when alive

Just a small light in a vast world that one day burns out…


What if the weight of the world’s what living life’s all about

All the people,

The places,

The sorrow and joyous filled faces…

 

Each of our books of life and their;

Some better,

Some worse but…


Still lively filled pages…


Is what leaves those we leave behind with heartbreak and…


Sorrow filled grievance…


What if our memory is truly all that's left when we pass into the unknown

An empty bed in a place we once called our home

A place where in our old age we had grown…

What if our lasting legacy is only the moments in which we shared an experience

If...

The wisdom,

The kindness,

And the hard work filled progress…


Is all we leave behind

If we only leave what we project into those empty filled spaces

In our loved ones hearts and loved ones minds…


I wonder what I'll see when I'm staring up at the ceiling or sky…


Somewhere down the line…


life hanging by a thread

Watching the story of my life as it flashes by...


Will there be regrets,


Goals never met,


Things never said,


Thoughts trapped in my head…

Or...

Will I be able to say

I did all that I could

Willing to die without needing to lie…


To myself


What if…


The money we made


The status we gained


The list of the people we blame

For the shame on our name…


If none of that ever really matters when our…


Book of life comes to an end…


What if

It was only ever about the mark on everyone's hearts we ingrained


If like stars we burn out but…


Just burn out much faster

The difference for us is…


No tomorrow can be guaranteed


If...

This life…

Was the the only book you could write

If tomorrow was your final chapter…


Can you say your book of life was the best it could be


Like only the greatest of books

When they end...


They leave the world with sadness and grief


With…


Wonderment and pure disbelief


If your life was the best it could be


Can you close your eyes


Fall into that endless sleep


Feel your heart's final beat


Come to a close as you cease to breath

And go satisfied…

K n o w i n g   y o u r   b o o k   o f   l i f e ' s   w o r t h   t h e   r e a d




© 2017 SeemsPoetic



Author's Note

SeemsPoetic
Book of Life is a personal favorite of mine. It is one of the poems I am most proud of.
It was straight from my heart and mind. It came out of my realization of "what if" this really is our only life; It then made me realize how many people are wasting away. I tried to make Book of Life as inspirational and thought provoking as possible so that maybe it can save a few lives from fading.... help as many of us thrive as I possibly can.... rather than just living to die.

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This is quite good, having a lovely introspective feel to it. I'm especially impressed that you're only 17: at your age I spent most of my time thinking about girls. I wasn't completely shallow though; reading Camus and Sartre, I became an agnostic and thought, like your poem, we only get one life, though I saw absurdity where you see beauty. At 24 I almost drowned and had what is now called a near-death experience. It showed me the soul is real and each of us exists endlessly-- before this life or after I cannot say where, but it's something I've been trying to understand for 45 years.

Posted 9 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

SeemsPoetic

9 Months Ago

Glad you are still with us Nolo Segundo, and I appreciate the review! I had no intentions of bashing.. read more
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Yes, I can tell that this poem came from your heart, such a great message, and that ending is so powerful! (K n o w i n g y o u r b o o k o f l i f e ' s w o r t h t h e r e a d - I love this line!)
Very introspective, very impressive and thank you for entering the inspiration contest!

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

good read,made me think,nice job

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I love this poem. It's very insparational.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I love this poem. It's so impressive and it catches my heart. Job well done!

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wonderful.it's touching and makes the reader think about the given questions.
I like most this part"What if only the best of memories replay
All the sadness,
The shame,
The madness,
The blame and the anguish…"
Nice to think about our own books of life.


Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

intelligent and amazingly good looking. :)

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This is a lovely and interesting poem. You ask some really good questions in this one. I love the rhythm you set up and the way it seems to give more strength and vividness to each question and idea you present. A great job! :)

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I loved this one. Beautifully written poetry.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

congrats on winning first place

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Added on June 22, 2016
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Tags: Life, Death, Poetry, Book, Inspirational, Inspiring, Legacy, Loved, Grief, Sad, Happy, Thoughts

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SeemsPoetic
SeemsPoetic

Green Bay, WI



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