When There is No More: A Poem of Hope: About the End.

Can one poem make us hope?

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What does 'the end' really represent to us?

'When there is no more' is about the end - what it represents in different situations and its effect on those who experience it. Everyone hopes to avoid the inevitable outcome, or hopes that the chances of it eventuating are not 'allowed' to take precedence over other more 'tangible' experiences. As such, many go to vast extremes to 'soften' the event... that time when our mortality will be tested and found to be wanting.

Life, as we perceive to 'know' it, is said to be for living and yet in many respects, in death we are often perceived by others to have a greater opportunity to live! Perhaps, immortality can exist when it is perceived to be, a 'fitting' tribute to someone whom we loved, as opposed to what we often choose to perceive as being a 'fitting' tribute to a stranger! Perhaps, we need to ask our compassionate selves, what really does that detachment mechanism say about 'us' in regards to character, the whole picture, or nature of events?

'When There is No More,' is about letting go of those different earthly things and people that we have held dear in our lives... There are two poems here, both are allegories that represent far more than the finality of dying. Perhaps, our lives are designed to provide great illustrations of our mortal frailties, including the irony of our circumstances, as are found in Pearldiver's second poem, 'About the End.' Please, take the time to find the messages within these poems. They are intentionally written to be thought provoking, so you will enjoy them more, if you read the two poems aloud and slowly. Enjoy the life you have, from a zen perspective, it really may become more special than you think... and take care.

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A poem of hope - about the end.

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'When There is No More'


Will you then be able to finally forget...

how vulnerable I made you feel...

when I first looked deeply into the eyes of your soul?

I asked you, what you were thinking, although I already knew

So when my life, reaches its vanishing point and is gone!

Will you forget? Finally, when there is no more, me...


And will you then, be able to truly justify...

all those detached years, prone to selfish disappointment?

Years in which you betrayed a heart so willingly

A heart innocently given and desperately needing to beat

When my life years have passed on, as if merely tears lost to the rain

Will you then, truly justify the rain? At the end, when there is no more, me...


Will you then be able, to see with clarity, all the truly tangible values...

of departing souls and how important each day is...

for creatures of the wild; as are those half tone hours...

in which daylight and darkness merge and then become...

dawn or dusk and remembered for, where we stand, in relation to our sun

Will you then understand and see the true values of everyone?


Will you honor me, with a flower’s life, a fleeting thought...

or just a wry smile, not secretly held from view, of others?

Those others, who know you far differently, far less deeply...

than your shadow and my own, always did, so intimately

When my life cries out, one last time to be, remembered by at least, the life it gave!

Will you say goodbye? At the end, when there is no more, me...


Or will you dishonor your soul and coldly look the other way...

though energy twists and swirls, within your tangled hair...

then gently brushes your cheek, your heart, to let you know, it’s only me...

And I’m leaving now, I must let go, all that I have ever been, or held so dear

Will you then finally, in the end, forgive my mortal vulnerability?

So I can hope you smile again, when you feel my waning energy? In the end, when there is no more, truly, no more me!


By Pearldiver

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How strong do people really perceive or expect others to be?

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In life, is it just hope that happens with or without us... every day?

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‘About the End.’

It happened unexpectedly today…..

There was no flash, or boom, or shock wave, no drum roll

Though there must have been, some informative sign

As many gathered curiously, in silence, by the loading dock

Unable to help the one selected, most likely to succeed

Successfully checking out, before signing, the funeral plan application form

Sadly, in the end, only a bloodless irony survived and was registered

In the minds of all the staff there, in the Inward Goods Department

As in the end, there were no angels, nor a genuine sense of caring

Rather, a sheer inconvenience was considered, an end in itself

During the lunch break, a life had passed prematurely, unaided and unseen

And disappointingly, the part time guy who sweeps the bathroom, declared;

“God I hate it, when I have to clean up after Dispatch!”


It happens, unexpectedly.... every day! C'est la vie! End of story….

♦ By Pearldiver ♦

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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

there will always be a you pearldiver, with excellent poems and pages like this... regards snakeslane


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi snakeslane, thanks for that fine compliment! Hahaha.. though I fear I will need to write at a much higher level, to gain my immortality via writing. Thanks for reading and appreciating these poems.. cheers... take care.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Absolutely profound and thought-provoking - I am speechless in awe of your deep thoughts, Pearldriver!

This one goes to my library for incredible poems...


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi there Martie, I appreciate your positive compliments and cheers for reading my works... glad that you like my writing efforts. Dear Martie... (pssst.. Martie..) would you mind awe-fully, thinking of flippers (as in diving)- when you think of me??? Hahaha.. Cheers Martie.. I hope your life is still pumping wildly over there.. All the best my friend.... PD


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Pearldiver has succeeded in the attempts to start my mind pondering with these insightful, self-examining fine writings.

Many thanks


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi shiningirisheyes, thanks very much for your reading, commenting and pondering of these poems. They cover a subject that many refuse to acknowledge and thus don't ponder. So in that respect.. cheers if you found the words worthy of contemplation... all the best - Ireland & NZ are playing rugby against each other in a few days.. I'm drawn between both teams! Take care..


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

What kind of Lass would I be if I didn't cheer on Ireland!!!

Anyone avoiding the pondering now will inevitably face it one day, as your poem so beautifully states.

Go IRELAND!!!!


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

They will indeed need to face the Outward Goods Department sometime in the future... but let's hope the wait is long enough to allow a drawn game to occur.. the pressure is on the Kiwis and Ireland deserved a better result last time they met... So CHEERS... You may be right! Either way, it will be an excellent game.. Good Luck.


stessily 4 years ago

Pearldiver, "When There Is No More Me" is a deep poem which deepens further with each reading or pondering. Musing over "no more me" has sometimes beguiled, sometimes frightened, sometimes inspired me since childhood. Your presentation of this long-cherished question keeps the spinning wheel of life's journey turning. It may be an uncomfortable question for many, but it's deep and it won't go away.

Now, about the Inward Goods Department, yikes!

Your images are beautiful.

Up + UFABI + sharing.

Appreciatively, Stessily


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

WOW, speechless. Beautiful, awesome. Voted up.


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Ann M Reid 4 years ago from Lancaster County, PA

Deep and heart-felt. Loss with brilliant memories--like autumn leaves, the color still lingering after a rain and the beginning smell of decay-- but still a lingering brightness. Thought provoking and powerful, Pearldiver.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Tears lost to the rain, What a profoundly beautiful, intense line. I read it outloud as you suggested and loved it. We all wonder if we will be missed as much as we miss the ones who have left us. We can only hope so. Thank you Pearldiver. You are a gifted poet...


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi stessily, thank you so much for your wonderful review of this hub. Yes, as a subject, this is indeed relevant and not one to be taken lightly, hence the depth and variations on the question. I'm glad that you enjoyed the poetry and images and really appreciate your encouragement and support... cheers for that.. tale care.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi vellur, thank you very much for taking the time to read and comment so positively, on these two poems. Glad that you enjoyed my words and I hope you get your voice back soon, as it does tend to represent the excellent words that you write. I appreciate your support and positive input.. cheers.. take care


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Ann, thank you so much for your fine review and positive interpretation of 'When there is no more.' You have created pretty powerful imagery within your comment here Ann and that certainly does justice to the writer you are.. excellent words. I'm glad that you enjoyed this work and really do appreciate your support... cheers and take care


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Ruby, thank you so much for your excellent comments in regards to this work and of course, for taking the time to read my words. I do appreciate your positive input and support.

The reading of the poetry aloud, helps set the words and often, dependent on the reading speed, it also gives the reader a greater sense of depth and context. So.. I guess I may have 'tricked' you into enjoying the poems Ruby :) Cheers for that.. you take care.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. This is so beautiful and it expresses such wonderful emotions. Loved it. Passing it on.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

profound... all has been said above... it indeed is thought provoking!!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Yours is the kind of poems that have to be read aloud and read over again. Once is not enough to grasp the meaning you project. These poems are very beautiful and thought provoking. I couldn't take my eyes off your photos. Do they have a meaning? I'm really interested in photograhy and how photos like these are done. I voted this Hub Up, etc.


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learner365 4 years ago

Simply brilliant and thoughtful.Loved "When there is no more me" word by word. What a strong expression of words and thoughts you are blessed with.

Voted up and awesome, beautiful...


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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

What a powerful hub! Thank you for such insightful reading this Saturday morning. Jamie


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Gypsy Rose Lee, thanks so much for reading this work, for your excellent comments and for sharing it. I'm glad that you enjoyed the poetry and really appreciate your encouragement and support. These poems were written to raise some important questions about life, so I felt it important to ask them from an emotive perspective that we all can relate to... Cheers for taking the time.. take care


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hello Rahul, thank you for taking the time to read my poems and for adding a positive endorsement of the words... I appreciate your support and am glad you enjoyed this work.... cheers.. and take care


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Mary, thank you for your positive input on these poems and of course for taking the time to read them. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the depth of the words in this work.. as life, I feel, should be a very deep and rich experience for all of us..

I created my images here simply by layering them in a graphics program and then 'washing' them to enhance selected bits of each of the layers used. It is a pretty basic technique, but one that I like as it generally produces an image that has a high impact, even though the foundation may be only mediocre in its appeal.

Good luck with your photography and graphics, it is an amazing passion to have these days and you can use the skills you learn almost anywhere.. hahaha.. even on hubs! Cheers.. I appreciate your support.. you take care.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Saadia, thank you for your really excellent review of 'When There is No More' - I'm happy that you enjoyed this poetry and my words... I really appreciate your input and support. I really don't know if I am blessed with strong thoughts.. but I sure like to see if others in life are and that tends to allow me to ask a lot of questions of both them and myself... Cheers for your kind words though, I will certainly hold them in high esteem... you take care


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Finally, when there is no more, you...

I will not forget,

I will live by your thoughts.

Your memories. Your dreams.

You will always remain inside me.

PS: Hi Pearl, thanks for reading my poem and leaving a wonderful comment. warm wishes for Nepal.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Jamie, thank you very much for your powerful review of 'When There is No More' - I appreciate you taking the time to read my poetry and to leave such positive comments.. Enjoy your Nevada desert.. it's contrast and tones will inspire great writing... Cheers for enjoying my words.. take care


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Vinaya, thank you for reading my poetry and leaving such a positive comment. My comment on your work was well earned and relevant mate..

I come from New Zealand - down the bottom of the world and at the top in your Nepal... In 1953 a Kiwi and his Sherpa friend conquered that previously untamed Nepalese bump affectionately known as Everest. So.. there is a very solid affiliation between our cultures Vinaya, that has lasted over 60 years. I am very pleased to find that we still have common ground.. writing great poetry is like climbing unconquered mountains, I believe.. it requires a great understanding of nature, her lofty moods and the degrees of tranquility, found within great choices made.... So cheers my friend.. take care..


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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

I loved the line, "the sun in relation to us," as if we are sundials of sorts. Really big vision, not overwrought as most mine are. So, so good!lily


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Lily, thanks for reading this work and for leaving your positive comment... I'm glad that you enjoyed this poetry and the interpretation of that line 'and where we stand, in relation to our sun!' - Yes in many respects, we do act as sundials, by which others measure us. Cheers for your support... take care.. PD


SomewayOuttaHere 4 years ago

this was pretty good...you definitely provoked my thoughts..i read a few times and i think i'll go back to the beginning again.

the last one...hmmmm....hope not!..i hope only a small % takes the lift off in stride...is it just me, i don't think so. strangers come to mind that have really gone out of their way because they were touched...eyes wide open...and not asleep at the wheel...

you're a cool dude PD....i'd love to talk to you and hear your words...where'd this one come from?... xo!


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Astra Nomik 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

These are wonderful words and thoughts. When there is no more reminds me of things from my own past. When I found there was no more and the chest was empty, then I was able to see what I didn't have. And then my chest of memories and experiences began to fill, and it has not stopped since.

The best way to find something is to lose everything else, and just have nothing but myself. It makes it easier... I just didn't know it then...


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Cathy, cheers.. thanks for taking the time to read and so positively comment on this work. Yes, that is a great analogy, as all wise souls will tell you that you must let go to move on, including the fear of moving on itself. I certainly understand that method of finding the things needed to grow beyond that point you have been... Very impressed with your realization that in reality, it is our depth of experiences, not materialistic 'stuff' that makes us whole. Isn't that so hard for some to believe! Good on you... all the best and take care... PD


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IsadorasThought 4 years ago

It is difficult for us, humans, to accept the "no more", isn't it? Great hub, thank you for sharing.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Isadora's Thought.. Hi and thanks for checking out this work.. glad you enjoyed it. Yes, you sure sum it up there... many just can't handle the thought at all... I guess the second of the two poems here, was written for those people.. I appreciate your support.. cheers.. take care.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Someway.. I'm sorry that I didn't notice your post - it had been hidden in a spam filter! Hahaha.. what were you doing there ML? This work has got lots of possible interpretations, as it had to cover a raft of possibilities and remain relevant to the end.

Maybe the last poem seemed a bit 'brutal' but it was really written to emphasize the irony of the occasion - like dying in the Inward Goods Dept among staff that would expect such departures to be made in the Outward Goods Dept... and they are upset just because the victim was so thoughtless in dying there and at lunchtime, while no one had a chance to see firsthand what death is! Sorry.. it is quite a deep poem that shows how apathetic many are towards others!

Where did this come from? Well from reflection and from an understanding that I have gained on the subject... plus, it kinda carried on in a group of poems that I wrote, but didn't publish here... although I did publish 'Venus in Retrograde' - one of that group of poems.. Writing poetry - It's like a wave.. you catch it and ride it's power, until the power wanes. Thanks for your kind compliments ML.... you are always welcome... take care.. PD


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DAWNEMARS 4 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe

This was an emotional trip for me. Such a wonderful journey. Bitter-sweet is life! Voted beautiful and awesome.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

DAWNEMARS, hi... Thanks for reading this work and for leaving such a positive comment. I have taken your words in a positive light, in respect to your emotional trip as being a very positive influence.. Yes life certainly is as you put it; bitter-sweet and as such allows us to choose wisely or miss all those potential opportunities that could have come to fruition had we actually realized that choice was ours to pursue.

I appreciate your support and I'm glad that you enjoyed the words within these poems... Cheers.. take care


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baygirl33 4 years ago from Hamilton On.

Hello again Pearldiver!

Your images are lovely.

Your words released my pent up tears,which my intellect says should be done by now;but my emotions linger there.

In the privacy of my room and your poem,my grief can visit again.

Thank you for writing!


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hello there stranger, I'm so glad that you chose my words to share with your tears baygirl... I guess what I mean is: with posts like yours, I feel most humble that in grief you can find some solace within my poems, as I had hoped when I wrote the words that someone would and they would appreciate that fact. There is no time prescribed as the right amount of time with which to deal with grief, so you must just go with the emotions and be guided by your heart.

I am in the process of finishing a very special poem on the subject. It is called 'Patience' and I will finish it in the next few days... I'm sure that you will appreciate it as well.

Thank you for taking the time baygirl, you take care and one day at a time with all the adjustments... all the best.. PD

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