LIfe Ends

LIfe Ends

A Poem by Norbanus

My response to Life Ends by


Once when I was younger

and invincible as hell

I met a man who'd done his time

(and he had done it well)

He needed no reminded that

 the reaper stalked his path

His four score years and then some,

had shown him nature's wrath


He offered no regrets at all

 for his misguided youth

And told me of his arrogance,

 his rudeness and uncouth

But now he saw that dust to dust

was close upon his heels

And tried to pass the word along

of just how sad that feels


In those days of my ignorance,

I failed to catch the drift

Our perch upon the hill of life

left far too large a rift

Now my four score has also gone

I feel the reapers breath

And recognize my friends resign

at their approaching death


Thank you for reminding me

of those days long ago

And of a man who tried to tell

me what I didn't know

© 2017 Norbanus

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There is a world of beauty and truth here that you now pass on to all of us. How often do we wander the world not realizing the ending; our ending. We write chapters as if the book would go on forever. But yes, there is a final chapter, and we need to be aware of it now... today. So profoundly moving, dear poet.

Posted 10 Months Ago


10 Months Ago

It seems as if you understand this poem better than I do, Owl. Thanks so much for a deeper insight. .. read more
An owl on the moon

10 Months Ago

I wonder what other messages might be meant to flow from you so can find that peace in those thought.. read more
Superb allegorical poem! Callous youth take heed of the lesson here taught by age and experience...Excellent language, form, flow, cadence, rhyme...we are but ‘dust in the wind’ of time and humility gets us much farther than arrogance. Kudos!

Posted 10 Months Ago


10 Months Ago

Geez...What a delightful review. I think. With words like allegorical in it, I'd better be careful. .. read more

10 Months Ago

Geez...What a delightful review. I think. With words like allegorical in it, I'd better be careful. .. read more
Annette Pisano-Higley

10 Months Ago

Ha! You’re very welcome.
Love this message becuz of the honesty. Excellent job of showing instead of telling, the lessons we see and yet altogether miss in our puffed-up youth ("invincible as hell" -- says so much!) If only we didn't have to actually LIVE the lessons to learn them . . . if only we could take another's word for it! *sigh!* Have missed you here lately & I hope you're not drifting away on us! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 10 Months Ago


10 Months Ago

Thank you so much for the kind words and the delightful review, Margie.

I've been off.. read more
Meter and topic are stuck with like glue, and what a glue... Reapers breath reminding me of approaching death, and rifts too large for drifting arrogance spent... Well presented, and with four score left to go... I leave like life long ago, hah... Penned with affinity to mortality

Posted 11 Months Ago


11 Months Ago

Thanks for your happy words and insight, Silente.

11 Months Ago

Of course, anytime
What a well constructed response! And I see what you are getting at. Well thought out and presented to us. I enjoyed reading it.

Posted 1 Year Ago

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Added on April 7, 2017
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