Wisdom's Cruel Reality


Foolishness, all of it
for in the end, all takes leave
everyone departs
and must walk their own path

It is not those who die we should mourn
but those who are left behind

It matters not the care that’s taken
the vulture still waits
and watches
flesh already half putrid
and oh, so pale

Will the bag pipes play
or silence reign
when all is said
and all deeds done




What is reality and what fantasy? After sixty years, one would think I’d know and yet the more I learn, the longer I live, the less sure I am of anything temporal. What is actually ours and what endures for a time, only to leave us?

How do we, as finite creatures, face each new day and brave what comes our way with stoic smiles and the exchange of pleasantries with others who are what? Perhaps unaware of what awaits them? If this is so, don’t tell them, I beseech you. Let them live in darkness of mind rather than the searing light of truth that pierces the heart and explodes the brain.

Life is a carnival, a county fair, that comes around setting up the facade of gaiety, carefree days and magical nights of colored lights that swirl and bedazzle us into a certainty that all is right and just. Simple pleasures abound and those who do not succumb to greed will not lose all. We who work hard and are honest and caring will have our reward.

Ah, yes our reward. Surely, if we have been on the “right side” and have been just in our dealings and honorable in our ways … we who consider more than ourselves, who reach out a helping hand to those less blessed, we will be spared … won’t we?

Of course not! There has never been a promise made by truthful lips or writings that claim such, save, perhaps a foolish child’s fairytale or in a young man’s song to his beloved, but nowhere else. Our God did not promise such a thing, not for this earth at least, not for this life. Our hope then, is only in Him and in our deliverance from pain, the depths un-foretold and a matter we can truly not comprehend, until it is our turn.

Our turn to seek His peace that surpasses all understanding, our only comfort, as clumps of freshly turned soil fall and echo on the coffin that contains the body of our loved one. As Alice through the looking- glass, nothing is as it should be or has been known. The world is topsy-turvy and insanely it continues on, not standing still as it should, as we have done.

All of the promises, hopes, dreams and plans are now being covered, shovel-full by shovel-full and we know that we should turn and leave this place where we do not belong, where we can not follow, but to where do we depart? Our place, once by their side, no longer exists.

No, don’t teach them if they are not already aware. Keep this from their knowledge as long as possible and let them run on sandy beaches with wind blowing lull-a-byes through their hair and let the sun warm their faces and their hearts …

Before they are shattered.


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SomewayOuttaHere 4 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

excellent!...luv Willie!

"we all fall down"...but we can pick ourselves up and run again, somehow

"so i can feel the rain"...oh yeah...luv the feel of the rain...it's not my time though...later

"let them run on sandy beaches with wind blowing lull-a-byes through their hair and let the sun warm their faces and their hearts"...i'm gonna start runnin' again....it's not the time...there's another chapter...time for a ride again!...i need to feel that sun...

today, i will PG.... xo.... thanks....


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge Author

You are a remarkable woman, my friend. And the one who, as the optimist and pessimist argued over the glass being half full or half empty ... drank it down!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

Wow Pooh-such deep thoughts on life (per your experiences) that doesn't always turn out to be the fairy tale we hope for. Life has definitely thrown it's curve balls to each of us.

I have a hankering to go make me some lemonade. LOL


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge Author

Hello MT - so good to "see" you.

I was reading from the book of Ecclesiastes and once verse in particular stood out for me, defining how I felt at the moment.

Ecclesiastes 1:18

For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.

The poem and prose just came tumbling out and I let it go. Of course, I don't always feel this way but there are times, and it was a comfort to know that another was able to express their thoughts, as despondent as they were.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Your writing is wonderful precious heart as it all comes from your heart. God Bless You, and your wonderful family, and your never alone when you have so many good friends watching over you.


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge Author

Thank-you stars, I appreciate you and all of my other friends.


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SomewayOuttaHere 4 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

...cheers! ha ha ha! xo


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 4 years ago

Poohgranma, God Bless You! You have been an amazing trooper on this journey together with Gary. Many more chapters have been written more than most thought would be… More wisdom acquired and more to share. Only the Lord knows what the appointed time is for any of us. Sometimes like King Hezekiah that time is extended. There are times when we must take it a day at a time or sometimes even moment to moment! God never promised us that it would always be easy. But He Did say that; “He would Never leave nor forsake us!”

We do not always know what life will bring or exactly when the last chapter will be finally written. As you so poignantly stated: “All of the promises, hopes, dreams and plans are now being covered, shovel-full by shovel-full and we know that we should turn and leave this place where we do not belong, where we can not follow, but to where do we depart? Our place, once by their side, no longer exists.” How interesting. Ecclesiastes also teaches is that there “is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven...” We Can discover Peace in the Lord knowing that regardless of what happens He has everything under His control! Even time! In His Love, Grace Joy, Peace & Blessings! GOD BLESS YOU!


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge Author

Hello DeBorrah and thank you. Yes, I agree and I am blessed every day of my life. Some times I grow weary and, like a cranky child, have a tantrum. God is faithful though and sends His Word, either deep in my spirit or from a Godly friend, such as yourself, to remind me that He is here and all is well. God bless and keep you too, dear lady.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

The messages are wonderful in this work. God Bless you precious heart.


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baygirl33 4 years ago from Hamilton On.

Lovely words,and something I can't get through my head,that part about my place beside him no longer existing. Why?I wonder.

I agree that it is better if possible to let people be in their blissful ignorance.Let them believe there is hope. The world will be a better place for it.

When there is grief and suffering,it's harder to see a God that has our interest at heart. It was easier once.

Now I question,and the church service that used to soothe me,makes me feel betrayed.

Funny how you see pain and suffering and never really see it until it is come to you.

I guess the trick is to know it happens to all of us,but it's a hard trick to learn and doesn't make things any better for that.

I loved this hub of yours. I hope things are showing improvement for you and Gary. It's time.


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge Author

babygirl, my friend, I too have only the questions and not the answers about our places.

I'm so sorry to hear that what once comforted you, now seems like betrayal. My faith is the only constant in all of this and yet I have shook my fist at the heavens before when my infant son died after two short days and turned my back on God for years. I understand you are not doing that, just that a heart bruised and broken can lose it's ability to receive. Even a healing balm can sting and accentuate the wounds.

He and I have been blessed with so many more days, even months now, than anyone would have ever expected and Gary continues to live one day at a time. A stranger looking in would say he has no quality of life, but live he does and he has moments. After all is said and done those moments, however long are what add up to a lifetime so I am grateful to see a smile cross his face or a laugh escape his lips. He is weary and so am I some days, but we are just along for the ride and we keep out safety belts tightened and our hands on the rail. My love to you!


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baygirl33 4 years ago from Hamilton On.

Thank you for understanding Pooh!

Never mind that Gary has a poor quality of life in other's view. What you need to be ever mindful of is that he's there.

I'm glad you still have him.

Take good care.


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge Author

Thank you sweet lady.


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Sad thoughts beautifully expressed.


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge Author

Thank you for reading and for your comments.


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gingerka 3 years ago from Colorado

I found your hub interesting and food for thought. God bless you.

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