Time Of Death

Time Of Death

A Poem by icelandicblue

We ignore it but it waits,
as the clock ticks
and the hourglass pours,
we continue feigning ignorance.

I have seen this cold hand caress
the young and old. Invitations are
sent on occasion, scripted on fine paper,
RSVPs are just futile redundancy.

We know but we don't know -
so we discount the chill
that creeps up our spine
hugging ourselves warm.

But somewhere your name and mine are
written, perhaps in those stars
beloved by bards and lovers,
and beneath them are stamped small numbers.

Sometimes the numerals are too far away to see
other times they sit by our bedside, close and waiting,
I would rather not see mine, but leave it to the person who
is charged with witnessing my last breath and scripting  my official time of death.

© 2014 icelandicblue



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A dark and chilling reality, and so true. A brilliantly executed write.

Posted 3 Years Ago


icelandicblue

3 Years Ago

Thank you Sharon,
Your comment is much appreciated.
This is dark but true. So many people decide to ignore the reality of death.

Posted 3 Years Ago


icelandicblue

3 Years Ago

We are born into it some of us think of it not at all and others...probably think of it too much. Th.. read more
I'm with you, Anne. When the time comes, it comes, and there's not one thing you or I can do about it. Living is the thing to concern ourselves with, it's really the only thing we have any control over at all - and that is very limited! As usual, your poetry is thoughtful and very well written.

Posted 3 Years Ago


icelandicblue

3 Years Ago

Thanks Joyce, I always appreciate your visits.
Our stay here is momentary, a moment to make the best of what we have and how we can better the world.


Posted 3 Years Ago


icelandicblue

3 Years Ago

So very true, thank you.
The not knowing what lies after death is a touchy subject. I like to think of Death as an angel, coming to take us beyond the stars. Again beautiful work.

Posted 3 Years Ago


icelandicblue

3 Years Ago

Thank you. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.
I suppose the only thing that keeps me semi-ignorant of my own mortality is the time I've spent mourning those who have already gone. It's also the sentiment that I took from this work. You've laid it out with much thoughtfulness and introspection, and produced a piece that I related to deeply. Well done my friend.

Posted 3 Years Ago


icelandicblue

3 Years Ago

Thanks, and it is so true when you deal with death around you you don't often give thought to your o.. read more
I've seen more than enough death for this life time thank you. When I croak I just hope the possums eat me

Posted 3 Years Ago


icelandicblue

3 Years Ago

I hear you, you are the exception to this ignoring death thing. You lived it. Thanks for writing BR-.. read more
Well death is the one certain in a world that is far too temporary.We have to treat our moments as precious for it could be our last.Nicely penned:)

Posted 3 Years Ago


icelandicblue

3 Years Ago

So very true...thank you for reading Vidya.
Vidya Bacchus

3 Years Ago

You are welcome :)
The one thing certain in our lives...you have moved me...guess we have to make each damn moment count ey? I have feared death all my life and when I think on it, perhaps it is the reverse, I have feared living in order to not face death...

Poignant piece love x

Posted 3 Years Ago


icelandicblue

3 Years Ago

Thank you so much Poppy- it is a conundrum for many of us. We don't want to waste our lives thinking.. read more
Poppy Ruth Silver

3 Years Ago

I agree hon...it is something I have thought on a lot lol Maybe we are not as tuned into death as we.. read more
A sombre but well portrayed piece on the choices we face in our thinking on our own mortality.

Posted 3 Years Ago


icelandicblue

3 Years Ago

Thank you John I appreciate you reading and commenting.

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