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Death - A Journey

Updated on June 19, 2020

This poem was inspired by a fellow hubber who posed a question on the forums. How does one prepare for death?

Whether it be ourselves or loved ones, can any one or any thing really prepare us for that transition? Can anyone or any thing prepare us for going through the door into the great unknown?

Perhaps we may never be as prepared? We may never know until we experience it.

Inevitably though, we must all take this journey and if we have love within perhaps it will be a peaceful one.


Across the vast divide

In death we shall go

Through the passage of time

Our life journey it does show

Ascending to heights of joy

Descending to valleys of sorrow

Through thorny thickets of pain

The rocky terrain we follow

Into the mirrors of mind

We see the shadows we form

The shades of grey of matter

Where heart and mind are torn

Continuing on our journey

We come to a dark unknown

The deafening silence it beckons

Follow me you’re not alone

Darkness distorts our vision

No doubt or fear exists

Calmly we travel onward

Finding love’s light in an ocean of bliss

© 2010 pennyofheaven


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    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Your comments humble me. Thank you for stopping by!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      10 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up and awesome. Your such a talent Penny. Great deep words.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes indeed I do agree Diane. Thanks for stopping by!

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      playdivadi (Diane) 

      10 years ago

      You are a deep spiritual writer.. I am impressed.. Death is a journey heading home... When we finally get home is another story. It could be many journeys before he arrive home..

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Apparently not. I prefer to live in the present moment. It is all we have. Our yesterdays are gone and tomorrows not yet here. Makes more sense then to embrace now.

      Thanks for stopping by Pearldiver!

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      Rob Welsh 

      10 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      It always amazes me why so many and dying to find out the answer to 'what happens when we die?' - Difficult subject to please everyone with I guess, but you did well. As Martie has stated, we should never 'expect' specific results on the big day, as there are no refunds apparently.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you Dennis. I am yet to be inspired to a 'what comes next poem' and I may never know where that inspiration will come from. Always fascinates me wherever it springs from.

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      Dennis Pace 

      10 years ago

      Very Profound.

      I would love to read your poem on what comes next.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Heavenbound: Yes agree have the love and peace of God. Thanks for stopping by!

      Mickey: God Bless you always. I do agree!

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      Micky Dee 

      10 years ago

      There must be more peace on the other side. God bless Penny!

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      10 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

      May Jesus lead us home by us taking His hand and the peace that is promised while here and with our last breath that the promise of heaven is on the other side.

      Oh what peace it has been witnessed to be in the room of one dying to meet their saviour on the other side. May we not have any more reason to fear what is unknown and experienced because we have let the love and peace of God reign in us with all it's evidence.

      This no one on earth can take from us, for God has given it and it can not be stolen!

      Thanks for sharing your poem!

      God bless you!

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you Nayothara you are too kind!

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      10 years ago

      Death, Oh Not an easy thing to explain.... I am so blessed with your writing... I enjoyed reading this beautiful poem, with so much interest. I really like the topic, and you put that into a poem, so will stay in hearts for long time. I love this HUB, Beautiful and AWESOME!

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Marina, it is worth more than you will ever know! Thank you! I am glad for my fellow hubber too, inspiration comes from the strangest of places and when you least expect. Thanks again I am glad you stopped by.

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      Marina Lester 

      10 years ago

      This is your best piece that I have read so far, in my own opinion. This is truly fantastic pennyofheaven! I be impressed for all that may be worth. I will read it again for the pure love of the images you drew in my head. Thank you, and well, well done! :D I'm glad your fellow hubber asked the question if just for the birth of this hub! :D

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Aww not morbid at all! It is inevitable for all of us and knowing what is in store for you makes it all the more rewarding when we go! Thank you!

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      Dave Mathews 

      10 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      I love this Penny. I may be seen as being a little morbid, but I actually am looking forward to my last day when ever it might come. I have lived an exceptional life, filled with peaks and valleys but I know what is instore for me the day I leave this life in this body to go on to my spiritual plain.


    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Scriber: Thank you..And it appears you do too! Excellent!

      Hi Amy: Wow that is great isn't it, who better to have your back than your Dad! Thank you!

      Hi MFB: Oh I like that, surrounded by the ugliness of death only to enter the beauty of the angels that will last eternally. I so agree! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Matthew Frederick Blowers III 

      10 years ago from United States

      there almost has to be peace for all on the other sied, we see so little here, we are surrounded by beauty marred by the ugliness of men. I think we shall find the opposite over there, we will be surrounded by the ugliness of death, only to enter the beauty of the angels that will last eternally, superb hub.~~~MFB III

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      Amy Becherer 

      10 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Personally, when I think of the inevitability of death, it is usually in the dark before I sleep. I have to shut it off. My dad died seven years ago, and I not only feel his presence, he has gifted me with concrete evidence that he has my back. That is the solace I rely on when the fear creeps back in. Very creative, thought provoking and well written, as is all of your writing, pennyofheaven. Tnank you

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      10 years ago've grasped the essence of this preparation by understanding that the primary way one prepares for death is to live life in a giving, caring way and with death the inevitable result of this effort. And thanks for the images which accompany this hub. You have a keen sense of the mind's eye.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Martie: Living each moment like it is your last is a very useful way of living in my opinion. This moment is all we have. The yesterdays are gone and the tomorrows are not yet here so it is more rewarding when we live in the moment. Even when things are tough, this too shall pass and become our yesterdays. I like that you view death as a surprise, a gift yet to be opened. What a wonderful way of viewing it. Thank you. You are an inspiration!

      My deareast Antoine: What a gift you have to be able to discern what is yours and what is not! Unique you are indeed my friend! What is better is that you can sense her around! And true that is, fear of anything is usually unfounded at the best of times. We usually find that we should have done whatever much sooner. In saying that I don't think that will apply to death...but who knows? Thank you for sharing.

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      Antoine Van Hove 

      10 years ago

      The morning of the day my mother died, we talked about the nature of death. (being a very wise woman, she knew it wouldn't take long anymore)

      When she actually died later that day, instead of the usual grief, I was literally engulfed and filled with her joy! I would have shouted out loud of a feeling of deep love and joy. Since I am ultra sensitive, and therefore am able to feel feelings from others, and make the distinsction between my own and others,I knew it wasn't mine. I had a wonderfull close bond with my mother, and this felling lasted for about 20-25 minutes.

      To only then disappear, after which I was able to feel the usual regret of here being no longer alive.

      Since then, I literally am able to feel her presence around me so many times. and this is, whatever people may think, no imagination.

      So death? And fear of death? It is nothing more than when you have fear to jump in the sea for the first time. It is a bit scary because you don't know what to expect. But once you jumped, you enjoy the surroundings of the ocean!

      Wonderfull HUB!

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      Martie Coetser 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      The other day I’ve asked a man, who is terminal ill, to share his thoughts about death with me. While I was listening to him, recalling the believes of so many others, I came to the conclusion that each one of us has a unique interpretation of death and life (or no life) after death.

      Some of us, like this man, has a clear picture in his mind, worked out step by step with all the impressions he had gathered throughout his life. He has no doubts... he ‘knows’ exactly what to expect... he made up his mind and therefore he has peace in his soul. He is ready to die.

      Some of us need a very clear picture in our minds in order to feel peaceful and not afraid.

      Personally I don’t have a clear picture. I believe those beautiful colors and lights the dying apparently see – and the music they hear – has something to do with the dying of the brain – the withdrawal of all oxygen, the dying of all glands – the slower you die, the more the colors the brighter the light.

      Anyway, I’ve decided to live as if I may die any moment. I tend to become anxious when my work is not up to date, or when there are negative ‘vibes’ between me and another person because of some misunderstanding or whatever. I’ve stopped to ponder over death and thereafter, because I just can’t come to terms with all the existing ideas and theories. Regarding death and thereafter as a surprise, like a present, give me the peace of mind I need. After all, life is also a present I’ve received – I did not work for it, or looked forward to it, or feared it; I merely opened my eyes on the day I was born in this world, and then I started to grow. This is how I prefer to think about death. And I know there is most probably no one else who share this view with me.

      pennyofheaven, I’ve enjoyed your poem and voted it UP.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you carrie, I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.

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      10 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      What a lovely poem Penny. rated up

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you Rich your kindness humbles me!!

      I do agree with you. I love this simple yet very profound bit of valuable wisdom.

      "Living our best lives and giving our best to others today is the best way to prepare for death"

      Thank you very much!

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      10 years ago

      This is beautiful Penny and loved it! Your words are very inspiring and I enjoy the way you write. You create wonderful imagery when you weave your words.

      How should one prepare for death? A good question - I think that once we have accepted death as inevitable and we're not afraid to die, and we live each day as it were our last then we are preparing to die in the best way because whether or not we know we are close to death's door, we will have no regrets when we look back at our lives and wishing this or that ... because we lived our lives rather than being the living dead. Living our best lives and giving our best to others today is the best way to prepare for death - That's my opinion!

      Thanks for sharing this food for thought and God bless!

      P.S. Did a little tab-tap and will share these wonderful words!


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