Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Desires and Death

As this season of death and rebirth does approach,
My gift is a subject which nobody likes to broach.
The day we're conceived is the day we begin to die,
Leaving the positive behind is that for which I've tried.
The birth of Jesus began a sequence of life;
One in which we are shown The Spirit of less strife.

Lord, please take me before my second childhood;
I had a first one, and it truly wasn't so good.
People get tired of wiping poo out of people's pants;
At least when we're tiny, there's a little romance.
But for the elderly and the physically infirm,
The thought of complete dependency makes most of us squirm.

As my body ages and I begin to disintegrate
Eternal peace of the hereafter is that for which I wait.
To give up holding on to this body of mine,
There should be a way to sign it over on the dotted line.
Not simply to say that as I breathe my last breath
And there are flat brain wave studies and other tests.

This season of rebirth and personal regeneration
Has given me pause to think about the next generation.
I've worked so hard to give my children, nephews, and nieces
A way to make peace with our ancestors' disparate pieces.
I want to go while the positive that I've imparted
Still exceeds the bad memories of the dearly departed.


  1. Not everyone would know what youare saying. Most folk from 30-40 and under cannot grasp that kernal of thrth. That of course is not an earth shaking sentence, I never understood either. I thought I did after 58 or so, but I didn't.
    You must tend to an elderly person first. You must associate at Nursing homes etc, once this sinks in, even the thickest of us start to slowly grasp. I WANT TO LIVE AS LONG AS I AM INCHARGE OF ME, then not long after.

    Very good and thoughtful entry Our Lady of Lousiana.

  2. Me? I want to get old - as long as I can be somewhat independent - and have the joy of sharing things I've learned from others along the way. Of course, it never hurts to "check up before checking out". ☺