Life or death

Life or death

A Poem by Iain the Pict
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A non-morbid look at the inevitability of life and death

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The good or the bad news, I am often asked
    it's a statement for better or worse
        remaining alive is an art

Whichever, whatever as neither appeals
    like there's nothing to cheer in the news
        abidingly fatal complaint

Oh yes! I’ve had it since birth
    genetically speaking, of course
        descent and the pedigree’s mine

The mortality rate
let's not hesitate
    is a hundred percent, to be sure

You might argue the case
but in a one horse race
    the bookkeeper profits; you lose

As the odds for a life after birth
at around four nines and a bit
    were marginally better than that

    of the age standardised abortion rate statistic
both of which meant
it was reasonably certain I’d live �" for a spell

Omnipresent, the cure for a life
    you can choose if that's good news or bad
        but I’m well being certain of death.

© 2012 Iain the Pict


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Iain the Pict
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The sickness unto death, the shadow cast over all that we do, the droll reminder that we are sure to live - for a spell, we are only given a stay of execution, but what I like about this poem is that it has a certain cheery tone despite the subject matter. And you believe the speaker when he concludes by telling us that a knowledge of the certainty of death brings with it a sense of well being. He has faced the ultimate reality and survived - for a while at least.

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Iain the Pict

7 Years Ago

Hi John, just seen your comment; thank you very much, I think you've hit it on the nail :-)


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I like it especially the last lines.

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

The sickness unto death, the shadow cast over all that we do, the droll reminder that we are sure to live - for a spell, we are only given a stay of execution, but what I like about this poem is that it has a certain cheery tone despite the subject matter. And you believe the speaker when he concludes by telling us that a knowledge of the certainty of death brings with it a sense of well being. He has faced the ultimate reality and survived - for a while at least.

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Iain the Pict

7 Years Ago

Hi John, just seen your comment; thank you very much, I think you've hit it on the nail :-)
Hi Ian, another refugee from Jotify here. My attitude to death is probably that it matters not if there is or isn't an after life since if there is then that's fine and if there isn't then at least we lose all the cares of life. That being my thoughts on the subject, I thought yours fair enough if a little bleak - but bleak is possibly more realistic. Nice to read work from an acquaintance who I hope will become a friend.

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Added on November 5, 2012
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Tags: Life, death, philosophy, agnosticism, humour

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Iain the Pict
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Bedford, South East, United Kingdom



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