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Poem of the day: When Death Comes

23/05/2023

Poem of the day: When Death ComesA poem a day keeps the soul awake! For the most soulful, authentically African poetry on the internet, check out Poem of the day.

by Arnold Charles

23-05-2023 08:41

in Art and Artists

Poem of the day brings you some of the best pieces of writing South Africa has to offer. Photo: Pexels

When Death Comes When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn; when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps the purse shut; when death comes like the measle-pox; when death comes like an iceberg between the shoulder blades, I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering: what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness? And therefore I look upon everything as a brotherhood and a sisterhood, and I look upon time as no more than an idea, and I consider eternity as another possibility, and I think of each life as a flower, as common as a field daisy, and as singular, and each name a comfortable music in the mouth, tending, as all music does, toward silence, and each body a lion of courage, and something precious to the earth. When its over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. When its over, I dont want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I dont want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. I dont want to end up simply having visited this world. By Mary Oliver RECENT POEM OF THE DAY POSTS

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The True Meaning Of Life

Sometimes I Dream That I Can Fly

Good Deeds

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