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A Haiku - Death

Updated on March 31, 2014

Change is the only constant of life on earth.

This rose will fade, but its glory and beauty will live on in my memory and in this photo.  It can live on in its seeds, but God's natural processes determine that in partnership with a willing man.
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Even nations rise and fall.  Some even rise again.  Only God is from everlasting to everlasting, His rules and judgements are never changing, but always righteous.
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A Haiku - Death


Death comes to us all.

Soon or late, sudden or slow.

We are left to mourn.


All deaths are unique.

All mourning varies also.

Only yours is yours.

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What is left, when death has made its claim?

Each soul is precious to God.

My mother died on the 16th of this month. She had lived well for her 1,265 months of life.

If she had had a final wish, it might have been to live even longer, learn even more of the future of life on earth, of her family, country, and her ultimate legacy.

As her children, my sister and I are in the first rank of those who are left to mourn her passing and move on with our lives at the same time that we have grief for our loss.

Mothers are irreplaceable. There can be substitutes. Dads often struggle on to fill the void that was created by a mother's death, if even the dad has survived to also mourn and grieve.

No two mothers are equal. Each is unique. Some persons believe we chose our parents before we were born. If so, not everyone is sure to be happy with the choice they made.

If you were just lucky to have the mother you have had, count it a blessing. If not, then sadly, learn from what you have experienced, forgive, and resolve that your children, if you are fortunate enough to have one or more, will have the very best mothering you can provide for them.

Photos, letters, notes, and writings, echoes, favorite recipes, all are part of what remains of tangibles for loved ones to remember them by.

What they have taught us, their example in so many aspects of our lives, is what we carry with us into the future.

Death has claimed a loved one, but it couldn't take away any love that existed and was shared. That love lives on.

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© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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      Nicholas Allan Bearce 3 years ago

      Your Mom was a dear friend of mine and I will always think of her as Grammy Jasper. She treated me and my family as her own and I have always loved her for that and I always will! I was very sorry about her passing but I was thrilled that she was once again joined with Grampa Rufus Jasper. I enjoyed the funeral and seeing everybody. I was happy to be included. Grammy Jasper will always be a joy for me to remember!

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - And she always will. Parents and siblings, favorite aunts, uncles, and cousins do too. How nice it would be, if all mankind could always think of the one perfect man who died for them, and emulate Him.

      If so, the world would be a far more joyous place for one and all.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I am so sorry for your loss. I know when my mother passed so long ago(I was just barely an adult), there was an empty hole in my life. I always think of her on her birthday, and those many other special dates and times. She always lives on for me.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Thanks, Genna. We are still celebrating her life, as well we should. One of mypoems expressed my thoughts several years ago, ending with the thought that in eternity our mother's love will part no more.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a beautiful haiku. My sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. “That love lives on.” I truly believe this. I lost my mother some time ago, and her love lives on, still. There is no such thing as a fading from relevance when this love survives long after the passing. Blessings and best wishes to you and your sister.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      btrbell - It is a blessing when we can learn of death before we ourselves face experiencing it. Mom died while humming the hymn "Softly & Tenderly Jesus Is Calling." I will find it hard to imagine a greater way to go.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful expression of love this is.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Love makes the world go 'round, so back at ya!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Of course I am without words so I will say those that my mother taught me.

      I Love you.

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