epitaph of life

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Life is not an epic adventure,

it's a small hop to your death,

maybe you'll live for a hundred years,

but you'll be dead much longer,

everything you've seen,

everything you've done,

everything you've loved,

everything you've hated,

dissolved into the earth you're buried in,

faded photographs,

yellowed paper,

an epitaph upon your rock,

your name inscribed to remind, not you,

someone of your loss,

a memory in someone else's head,

that you were once living, but now your dead,

your small insignificant life,

a hundred years after your death won't mean a thing,

unless your infamous or famous,

the life that cruises in between,

gets no recognition just a few tears at the end,

generations after your birth your forgotten,

an eternity after your death never mentioned,

your name recycled endlessly on,

faces change like a tapestry of evolution,

until your memory lives no more,

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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM

Mark: I do not see life through rose colored glasses, I just try to find the good in people and in life. My heart goes out to you if your are struggling with a bi-polar illness. It's not fair that you should have this illness and I know you can't help it. But, you can do alot of good by teaching others about this illness. You can use hubpages and other of your writings as a forum for teaching about this distressing illness. I know you are not crazy or insane but struggling with a miswiring of the brain, that is not your fault. And, I know, it is certainly not a contagious illness. But, use this illness you have to your advantage, not disadvantage. You can teach a lot of ignorant people out there exactly what this illness is all about. Knowing this bit of information about you, I realize where you are coming from in this poem. I already have a greater understanding and appreciation of the poem now. If there is anything I can do or anyway I can help you through this journey, please let me know. You are not alone. There are many caring people out here that don't label, make hasty generalizations, or jump to conclusions about you. You are a very talented writer. Just keep writing and never, never, never, never give up!


Poetic Fool 5 years ago

If we live our life to the fullest, I believe we will have an impact that survives us, that changes things whether we get the credit or not. Mark is correct to the extent that many people don't live their life to the fullest and lead unremarkable lives and are soon forgotten. It is, however, up to each of us if we will be remembered after our vapor of life has disappeared.

Mark, I feel for you my friend. My family has been touched with bipolar disorder and I have seen up close the damage it wreaks. You are also right that ignorance is rampant and those who are bipolar pay the price of other's ignorance. Maybe you hub will serve to educate and inform those that read it. At least we can hope ...


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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM

I guess I see life differently. I think we all make our mark on this world, whether for good or bad. I believe one person can change a heart, a soul or make a difference in someone's life in some small way. And, then, may be I'm just a Pollyana.


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rjsadowski 5 years ago

And that is why we write hoping that somewhere, somehow a poem that we released on the internet will fly away and find a home in someone's heart.

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