Ramblings of Life as Seen Through Death

Introduction

I haven't written anything in a very long time. I suppose I've been distracted in many ways--by the very same of which I am about to write. May these ramblings from a young girl much older than her age--who looks much younger than her age--prompt you to think about that which might just change your life forever....

A Free Verse Poem About Life and Death

Today I thought about things that matter. Most things we bother with in our day-to-day lives don't matter much at all--yet we devote our lives to such things. Why? Why do we put forth the effort, time, and energy into building for ourselves that which never satisfies--that which is here today and gone tomorrow--that which moth and rust destroy?

You believe in God, you say? You believe He will meet your needs? You believe in His goodness?

Then why do you live as if He's not there? As if He doesn't care? As if He is distant--angry--and left you to fend for yourself?

The life we live reveals something about our true beliefs. Say one thing--do another. What you practice is not what you preach. Haven't you heard that actions are louder than words?

Let your yes be yes and your no be no. We live backwards and inside out. We say what we don't mean and mean what we don't say. We put off to tomorrow what needs attention today.

Because the demands of this world are screaming. "Urgent! Urgent! Urgent!" This world offers what is expensive and meaningless--complicated and without depth. We were made for simple and deep--for something priceless and free.

The ones that get it are the ones that have died. I've read their stories. Word upon word of what matters there and how it matters not here. What matters here and how it matters not there.

Young ones--old ones--black, red, and white. Different races--from different places. And once they've looked back through death's doorway they say the same thing:

"What are we so busy doing that we forgot to live our lives?"

Striving. Toiling. Building a kingdom for ourselves that at the moment of testing will disappear in flames.

How do we live "in the world" and "not of it" and swim against the madness of more, more, more which gives you less, less, less?

The living grieve the dead--but the dead look back and mourn the living. They are not dead, after all. Just different. Aware. They see life through death's doorway and understand.

Wake up, oh sleeper. Awake!

It is time to take back your life. You weren't born for this--the world does not own you. You are not a machine. Life is not random and without purpose. You weren't born to be a slave to what you don't need.

Stop. Step back. Look--see--understand. This is your moment. You are not promised the next.

This is how SHIFT HAPPENS.

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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Hi Jenna,

Two veyr important lines - "Then why do you live as if He's not there? As if He doesn't care? As if He is distant--angry--and left you to fend for yourself?" and "Stop. Step back. Look--see--understand. This is your moment. You are not promised the next. " So much was said in this piece. Thank you for the post.


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Seek-n-Find 3 years ago from Illinois Author

Thanks Lifegate. This was written in a tone I don't often write from: Frustration. Frustrations with my own life and with the world. It helps me process to write. And sometimes I think it will benefit to share these thoughts with others. I appreciate your comment!!! Blessings to you.


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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Hello seek-n-find and welcome " back . "

Your affecting contribution on HP have been missing, recalling past number of comments. What you're presenting now is so true and expressive of the life's challenges placing us into position of confronting them with more wisdom and maturity which comes by experience.

As inherent as appears to be the sign of " times " for those who choose to believe so... "shift " to next stage remained secured in the promises which never failed to fulfill . For me is always essential to remember " if you have ears , use them"- the One who said it - all He said is true..

Voted up and interesting.

Shalom


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

"What are we so busy doing that we forgot to live our lives?" Good question and one we should take time to answer. Thank you for sharing these insights about life and living.


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Seek-n-Find 3 years ago from Illinois Author

Thank you Michael-Milec and MsDora! Appreciate your comments--always do. :-)


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teaches12345 3 years ago

This is all so inspiring for me as a believer. Thank you for posting this message.


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Seek-n-Find 3 years ago from Illinois Author

@teaches12345: Thank you! I was feeling pretty intense when I wrote it. I guess strong emotion can be a powerful place from which to write. I appreciate the comment.


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Fiery Angel Arts 2 years ago from Providence, RI

Whoa! You always blow my mind away. Your artistry still intact yet so much more refined each time. Hats off to my girl!! You stroke a nerve with this and props you definitely deserve. Love you and miss you.


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Seek-n-Find 2 years ago from Illinois Author

@Firey Angel Arts: Thanks girl! I was feeling a bit passionate when I wrote that. :-) Appreciate the comment and I love and miss you too! We GOTTA find a time to connect. Sending hugs your way.

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