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Real Talk - Death and Life

Updated on April 4, 2014

Life & Death

I was struck by the fierceness of a harpoon & it Killed me instantaneously

Born to be a caterpillar

I was shot in the head before they carried me away

Born to be an Astronaut

Died of a natural death after years of loving life

Born to be an American

Left slain on the battlefield

Born to be free begging for signs of freedom

I was a killer whale but got killed due to toxic waters

Born to be a missionary

I was aborted and never saw a day of light

Born for a fraction of a millisecond and you know the rest

Killed in a Holocaust

Born to be a rebel without a cause






A human skull, widely used as a symbol of death
A human skull, widely used as a symbol of death | Source

Fell off a high story building to witness my very last day

Born to die

My life force was drained by cancer causing agents and I died from it in hospice

Born to live forever I once thought

Thinking of myself as an immortal being I died as an idiot playing with fire

Born to be a creative creature on this planet to inspire all walks of life

Died on my knees getting tortured to death

Born for no reason other then to take up space

I just died in my sleep dreaming of a wonderful life I never had

Born to be a good person who loves life and the pursuit of happiness

I died and was reincarnated 100 times to repeat the life and death cycle

Born to be a spiritual being that last's forever more




The closeness and attachment to the living experience

Our life cycles are continuous and every species goes through the life and death process, so why is it that us humans act as if its the end of the world when some one dies?


Life is much better than death for sure

The fact that many of us think in our very own ways, about self preservation makes it a tough issue, but there is nothing like living a full life that is both free, and happy for us all, and definitely one that is so enjoyable to have experienced.

When its all said and done, towards the end of our individual life, we all have differing perspective views on looking back at what we have experienced throughout it all.

So live life to the fullest! folks, and make sure not to do it in such a ways to bring you much closer to death, because that is simply senseless indeed.



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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      This is just a poem, thanks though for the cool comment and for sharing with me, I have idea how others feel about their own death and all. I just hope humanity begins to stop being so selfish all the time, and start caring and sharing more pretty much as we as still have life left to live on this earth.

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      Jean Valerie Kotzur nee Stoneman 4 years ago from Germany

      You have given a great deal of thought to life and death and your hub is certainly exceptionally good, but why do you think that life, in general, is better than death? There are regions of our world where people are starving, being tortured by their adversaries, fighting for causes that are not directly linked to their own lives and for a few, slavery still exists. These people would, of course, hope for a better life, but nevertheless, they would still consider death to be better than their present existence.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Thank Rahul Yeah man did my best to pull out all the stops and all, its tough to convey such truths about life through poetic form without giving to much away, and so yeah it was fun to write for sure.

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Powerful write brother...powerful write... life is indeed a more powerful force than destruction...

      Somehow .. humankind is unable to realize that

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @Vellur, thanks for the cool review of my poem here, I try not to think about death much but I love life so much, and communicating with people, because we make up a huge part of it all for sure.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @Diane Woodson, I love metaphors wow! you figured out my poetic code, and secret and now others will be able to potential crack it as well. Yeah I always use to enjoy playing with words like this, I know it doesn't score high in terms of online traffic, but it does indeed light up the page a bit for those who manage to come across its path here on hubpages.

      I guess I will move all my poems some day to a powerful poetry social platform to be shared, but until then I will always enjoy trying to play with words and meanings here for sure.

      Thanks Diane for playing with me here, life and death is but a mere phase shift of sorts to me in all actuality, and some day we will all meet our maker for sure.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Brilliant piece. Life is better than death for sure. Born to die - yes but the time in between is what matters the most. Voted up. Great write.

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      Diane Minton 5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      I just cannot say enough of the metaphorical depths of meaning you display here Mike....I am amazed at your gifted-ness, and willingness to share your talents with us..Life death the whole thing wraps into one here in your poem. In having the chance to write here is a gift each day and a time of writing seems hours yet I look at the clock sometimes and its just been 30 minutes!! All of us do fear death or that of a loved one at times, and granted its a possibility. The realities you write about are tough ones, yet the tone is one that conveys your work succinctly and thoroughly for the outcomes in our minds are as unique as we are. I love this poem and may print it too read again....I have no good backup on my pc right now so that's the way I may have to do it....Thank-you for helping us to confront these issues that we all face from time to time during our lives.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @SkeetyD, thank you so much for visiting this poem, I had a tough time deciding what to write before I started and then after I got the title done, I knew right away the style I wanted to write it in, and Paradox it was. Cool review and analysis of it all, thanks for the cool comment as well.

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      SkeetyD 5 years ago from Barbados

      We all know that death is a part of life but as you said we humans ponder on the paradox of it. I guess we fear or hate the notion of death because of the finality of it, the silence it brings. Life is certainly to be enjoyed and treasured. Loved the poem, very poignant. Sharing and voted up!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @always exploring, hey thank for the comment, yes indeed we all have to live life no matter what the case may be, and then it's a done deal in the end.

      I choose to live a happy life no matter the case, and even if other try to ruin it all for me, or if a natural disaster comes and wrecks things for me, I shall remain happy as long as I am alive and till the very end. That's my new motto on that note!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is awesome Mike, so very, very true. We make choices everyday, whether to do good or bad, whether we love or hate our neighbors. Whether to give or be greedy. Thank you..Voted way up..

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @Gypsy Rose Lee, thank you so much for the kind words up there Rasma, you and I know how it is, and our love for life shows each time we hit publish for sure. Talk to you soon on FB.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Well done Mike. Love your poetry and the message come through loud and clear. Life is for the living and live we must. Enjoyed and passing this on.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      My bad @rcrumple, I must of skipped you comment by mistake.

      Yeah man I feel ya on that part of just sitting around and letting life pass us by.

      I don't live that way neither, but recently with all the online activities we are required to do to earn a living today it tough, and I hope to make it back to normality some time soon after all of this hard working efforts I do online.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks Diane, I'm doing my best with hub poetry, its not often I write poems here, but when I need a break from prose I will unleash on or two.

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      Diane Minton 5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      Mike this is a spectacularly written Hub. Best Wishes I am sharing it with your permission.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @ImKarn23, Leslie you know how I do it, raw, clean cut and dry without any lubricating process whatsoever, and why not just get to the key issues at hand right.

      I learned from the best writers on hubpages, reading awesome poems by authors like yourself, Rahul, and many others who don't hold no digital punches, and oh lets not forget our friends, Epigramman and Vincent Moore, them dudes are poetic King's when it comes to being blunt as ever in their hubpages poetry, but oh so real with it as well.

      Thanks for the cool insightful comment, I will try my best to deliver much more from which this style originated from, and managed to put out.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @Mhatter99, Yeah bro I know what you mean about the reading of so many hubs in a days helping, its truly intense at times indeed I feel ya on that one.

      Thanks for taking the time to give my poem here a try, and for the cool comment.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Mike - Really a cool hub. I've always done things that many would think stupid, but I classified as an adrenalin junkie. Everything from working with venomous reptiles (for years) to taking a high performance driving course two years ago, my philosophy is to never be the great grandfather sitting on the porch telling his grandkids, "I wish I'd have done that when I was younger." You gotta give it all you can while you can ... just use common sense and learn all you can before attempting whatever you're goal is. Loved the poem, videos and the hub! Great Job!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      This took my breath away, Mike! Love how it ebbed and flowed, slapped and caressed, shocked and awed! It's such a shame when people come to the end and finally figure out how much was wasted..Having 2 near death experiences - i prefer to NOT 'end' up that way...i try to live wholly - and with respect and empathy..

      i don't like clocks either and have never worn a watch or set an alarm..i can set a time in my head and just..be up. I once took my kids to FL for vacation and we had to be up at 4am - so we were..no alarm..

      weird, eh?

      lol

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @Deborah Brooks, I'm so sorry that it was designed in such a morbid way, but I also tried to keep the poem as positive loaded with life and livelihood, I thought of it as a sort of wake up called style poem, and without all the gore, and unnecessary madness that some poets use, I wanted it to be simple, but as real as ever you know Deb.

      Thank you for giving my poem here a try, and for sharing with me.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @flashmakeit, Hi I like your comment because its so positive and shows that your life is filled with joy, and that you will be content towards the end if all goes well as you wish, lovely way to approach it all Flash. Thanks for the visit.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Bravo. I'm so glad I select this as 1 of the 50 hubs to read today. You are so right! I give you this: on earth martin will not fade away for some time. Why? In your writing is the answer. I am not a movie star, but I have touched a lot of people.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow Mike what a poem.. absolutely awesome.. Made my heart beat so fast.... so true to life ... does make me think of life and death..

      voted up

      Debbie

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      Magnificent poem and I would hope to died in my sleep dreaming of the wonderful life I had.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Hey there @Xstatic thank bro for showing up here, Yeah man I feel there really is no end to life, but you know how some folks feel, and so who knows. I guess we will all find out in the end right, until then (:

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Really interesting poem and lots of things to consider too. Reincarnation makes a lot of sense to me really.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @thumbi7, thanks for your kind words of support on my poem here, and also for sharing with me.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Its nice to have met you digitally @Cathy Fidelibus, I'm so glad you liked my poem here, and did my best with it all, I hope others can enjoy it as well.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Beautiful poem. There is some food for thought here.

      Shared

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @Sunnie Day, Hi there its nice to see you made it, I haven't seen your screen name in quite some time, I need to make my way over to your side of hubpages as well, and before its too late for little ole me, Hehe!

      Thanks for the cool comment as well, see you soon in your comment area.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @lrc7815, I'm glad folks have found it interesting to them in some way. I think about life as I experience it all at times, and wish things were more fair for everyone, and then I think about the beginning of it all, as well as the end, which comes at a moments notice for many and after a lifetime for those more fortunate souls.

      Fear isn't an element that ever crosses my mind throughout this process of thought, I do think about my family though as well, I will surely miss them all once I myself am due to depart, but I will enjoy ever second I have of precious breath's I am blessed with having.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Very beautiful and thought provoking. Live life to the fullest and live in the moment.

      Thanks, voted up.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @billybuc, thanks bro I dug into many harsh realities of life and death which is what's been on my mind ever since I were young, but just thought of a cool way to express it all I guess.

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Very profound piece Mike . Death does not scare me as much as leaving the ones I love behind. We must live each day in gratitude and love as we never know what tomorrow will bring...I love the saying, "it aint nothin but a thang"...most things we worry about do not matter...letting go of things we hold so tightly and embracing the ones who actually have a breath and need it most.

      Thank you for a great hub.

      Sunnie

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Mike, I have to echo everything that Bill just said. It is an amazing place to be in, when you no longer fear death as much as you fear not living life in the best possible way, while you have it. This piece of work is quite profound if you read it slowly and consider each line. Great job!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I had an incredible revelation six years ago....I found out I am not afraid to die. What I also found out is I am terrified that I won't live life to the fullest. There are so few days left my friend; why would I waste even one of them?

      The answer is, of course, that I will not waste them!

      I love your poetry, buddy! You have some serious game with the poetic genre.

      bill