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The other side of nothingness: A different perspective

Updated on July 20, 2010

Rapture

The second in a series of poems on death

Being in my seventies, I have decided that, since I am getting closer and closer to death, I must face that fact without fear. In the past, I have been afraid to even utter the word. I no longer want to fear that word and what it means. I am not dwelling on death, as that is not my nature. I simply want to explore what it means. I feel safe here in this community to open up and reveal my true feelings.

My first poem, "Nothingness" appeared to be sad to some readers. I actually was not sad when I wrote it and I don't think that the message is sad. It simply explores the possibility that there may be nothing, after death. However, that is not the only perspective I wish to explore.

I am not a religious person, but I believe in good and love and do not deny that there may be a life after death or, at least a state of energy, and possibly reincarnation. I would like to attempt to explore these possibilities through my poetry.


Instead of nothingness: A different perspective

And what if death is something so sublime
that I could not describe it if I tried.
A smoothe transition to another place
so lovely and exquisite
that I'll know that I have died.

A dreamy apparition takes my hand
and leads me into sunny fields of flowers.
I float among the petals, cool and smoothe
against my skin. And languish
in the fragrant bed for hours.

I feel no pain, no terror in my heart.
The sweet phantasma carries me away
to more remote and distant places
far beyond all sense. I dance the
dance of joy; my fears allay.

Past quiet birds encircling in the sky,
the only sounds the rustling of their wings
and murmuring of waters far below.
I see beneathe me remnants
of a life of worldly things.

It cannot hold me now. I soar to heav'n.
I hear a gentle, soft and soothing voice
that beckons me to bathe in sweet release
My soul no longer searching
does surrender and rejoice.


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    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Irc7815: Thanks so much for the lovely comment. You certainly have caught the essence of what I was getting at in my poetry. I appreciate your kind words.....Nancy

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      Linda Crist 

      7 years ago from Central Virginia

      What a beautiful poem. I think that as one ages and comes to truly know oneself, the fear of death diminishes. It is a good place to be. I know nothing about what is on the other side of this life but when my time comes, I hope that those I love understand that I was not afraid and that I was expecting things to be better there than anything I've known here. Kudos to you for being where you are and able to talk about it. I admire you.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks for the lovely comment

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      ahorseback 

      9 years ago

      I like the calmness that you instill.....

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      What a lovely comment. Thank you so much.

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      Shalini Kagal 

      9 years ago from India

      What a wonderful perspective of death! '...that beckons me to bathe in sweet release' has such a great ring to it!

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Wow! What a great comment. I really appreciate it. Thanks.

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      myownworld 

      9 years ago from uk

      I wish everyone could believe the same about death, and never fear it. You're a truly gifted writer....and it's sheer pleasure reading your work...!

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks, Tony...appreciate your comments, as always

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      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Awesome! Thanks so much and keep writing!

      Love and peace

      Tony

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks again, Denny, for the comments. So sorry you have to carry around such a heavy burden. You must have come to terms with it, as your writing evidences such hope, among other things. BTW, this is not the first time I'm come up against death. I had quite a battle with cancer some years back, but managed to come out a winner. I wrote about it here: https://hubpages.com/hub/httpwwwyarxetheincredible...

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      Denny Lyon 

      9 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

      Lovely poem that captures the spiritual essence of floating free of heavy binds both for the heart and the body. You have been quite lucky to not have to consider death until this late date. It's been with me for a lifetime and I've grown used to Death as an Advisor concept - it sure forced me to prioritize my life. Look forward to your next installment!

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks for the comments, Larry. Glad you liked the poem. My next one will be on life after death.

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      Larry5000 

      9 years ago

      I do not see my earlier comment I made on the truth of life after death. I suppose as the old saying goes the truth hurts, and somebody took it down. I guess in this day and age it is to be expected.

      Anyway, none the less still a good poem, I did enjoy it, very interesting.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks, Jess. Appreciate the comment. SweetiePie was talking about our writing on the Examiner, not hubpages.

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      Jess Killmenow 

      9 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      If you like what you are writing, keep on. The results are great. Thank you, Alekhouse

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Yeah, I know, but I really like what I'm writing about now. Maybe when I run out of ideas I can switch. Good suggestion. Thanks

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      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      alek,

      You can suggest your own topic. I told them I wanted to be the arts and crafts examiner, and they allowed me to do that after I had been there for awhile.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks, SweetPie. I do write on examiner, but I am assigned to women's careers and the workplace. I don't know if poetry is even one of their categories. I'll have to check it out.

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      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      It is a great piece though alek. If you did write on the examiner I would recommend you write about poetry.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      @robie2: Thank you so much for the lovely comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the poem.

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      Roberta Kyle 

      9 years ago from Central New Jersey

      What a wonderful poem and what a beautiful perspective on the last transition. You wipe away the fear and replace it with awe-- just lovely. Thanks you.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      @SweetiePie: I know what you mean about not wanting to think about death. You're young and it's not knocking on your door. But for me, this is the right time to consider it.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      @Randy Behavior: Well, this perspective is certainly less anxiety provoking, isn't it?

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      @VioletSun: So glad you enjoyed the poetry and nice to connect with you on the many perspectives that death presents. Thanks for the suggestions about Deepak Chopra. He offers many thoughtful explanations of life after death. I will have to get back to reading his writings.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      @Green Lotus: Thank you for the nice comments. Yes, I've listened to and read many of the writings of Deepak Chopra and can relate to a lot of what he teaches; although it's been quite a while. I will have to return to his teachings while I am in this state of exploration.

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      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Lovely poem, and I must say it is something we can all relate to. Although I hate to think about death, at least right now.

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      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Oh yes this idea of dying is much more to my liking. The other was just a poetic though.

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      VioletSun 

      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      This is another beautiful poem, and offers the perspectives I too sometimes have. I too wonder what if death is sublime? Something awesome. I could identify with your first poem and also with this one, which is my hope that this is what our death will be like. Green Lotus mentioned Deepak Chopra, he and others like him have reassuring thoughts about death, worth reading!

      I personally don't think its sad or morbid to dwell on on our passing, its part of life, and since I am aware we are all energy, we won't dissolve into nothingness, but into another expression.

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      Hillary 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Another lovely poem and an uplifting positive perspective on the great mystery. My own ideas about death shifted after reading Deepak Chopra's "Life After Death". He writes that it is "as a brief stopping point on an endless soul journey". I liked that too.

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