By Many Names
Here’s the opening poem of my book The Ultimate Wonder, World Stories Illuminating Death. The offer for a free PDF or epub is still open if you make your request soon.
We know this mystery by many names.
One can enter the great beyond
or experience a demise.
Many see it as a passing
while some just decease.
Others find release in the expiry
while the living mourn the loss.
Some fear the end of life
while others see it just as The End.
The body prepares for dissolution
falling into oblivion at life’s termination
and expiration of all plans.
This annihilation from necrosis
is a parting and departure.
The way of all flesh leads to this destruction.
Many fear the doom and fight the exit.
But many welcome the afterlife.
The wise seek the quietus of extinction
and accept mortality, ready to meet
the Grim Reaper, Thanatos, or Azrael,
to answer the roll call
and pay their debt to nature.
All will cross the river, the bar,
and remove the veil to the Great Divide
for the grand adventure
to find eternal rest at the deep end
of the last roundup.
So we know death by its many names
from the womb to the tomb we all go.
Now I add
THE ULTIMATE WONDER.