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Nothingness

Updated on July 6, 2010


So just how does it feel,
the end of life?
Not different from an ordinary day.
And wondering, I let my
mind go free
to conjure up
whatever it desires.
It fills with nothingness.
I cannot see
the end of me.

I cannot fathom what
the nothingness
encircling round my head erasing all
will mean to me. Or
if I'll ever know
the void which slowly
makes its way to take
the life that soon will wither,
die, and go.
and end the flow

So death where are you?
sleeping deep inside?
Or walking oh so close and touching me?
Or hovering above
awaiting when
the day arrives that takes my breath away;
the day you come to take me
who knows where?
Some place within,
the day you win

A multitude of questions
fill my head.
Just where will all my thoughts
go if I don't
awake and rise at morn?
And if I cannot feel
the brush of life
that surges deep within,
since I was born,
life will be worn.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Well, when you get to be my age, you kinda have to.

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      ahorseback 7 years ago

      Not many can look at death ,into the eyes, nice reading....

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thank you, Nellieanna, for the kind words and heartfelt perspective.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      I look upon death (as much as possible to look at what is NOT as yet, since now is what is and I'm alive now) as a natural and acceptable step out of mortality. Whether or not it means immortality is conjecture but the fact that the one ends suggests that if it follows the same logic, the other might be there. I'd have to say "be" there rather than "begin" there because if it's immortal it doesn't begin or end, it just IS and even this mortal phase is part of it, a mere pause in it.

      Your poem is lovely, dear.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks for the lovely comment.

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      myownworld 8 years ago from uk

      such a soothing quiet rhythm to this...loved it! you write beautifully....

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I love your metaphor: "condemned cattle rustler":....that would be me! :=)

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      cosette 8 years ago

      that was great. i think about that sometimes, what it would be like. will it be a calm surrender or will i go down fighting like a condemned cattle rustler.

      very thoughtful piece. i like it.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      You're welcome. And thank you for the comments

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      Thanks alekhouse. I've entertained nothingness. Thee's nothing to it! Thanks for the writing.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thank you for such a lovely response. Iyt's very much appreciated.

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      a fan of nothingness 8 years ago

      I often seek a place where all my external visuals are removed and I am transported to an existance that is floating within the time and space of my supposed reality. I soon realize it is all a perception, that perhaps there is no beginning and no end, just a being. Everything becomes nothing and nothing becomes everything. Perhaps stolen words of a zen philosopher or a man excessively drinking a cold one at the end of the bar, just a man rambling on and I just happened to be sitting near by, catching words in between my own excessive sips.

      Thank you, for I, relate to the nothingness you describe.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Dolores, I really appreciate your comments.

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Thanks for sharing your heartfelt wondering about a serious subject most of us avoid thinking about. And, sorry, it was sad (for me anyway).

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks, Denny. I'll just take that nice comment in. Appreciate it.

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      Denny Lyon 8 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

      Such a wonderful poem written about a tough subject for many. I didn't find it sad at all but rather a "what if?" kind of wondering about what's next. Well done!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Violet, Thanks so much for your kind comments. Glad you liked the poem. Yes, this poem is my musing on only one perspective of dying. It is not the only way I feel about it. I wasn't sad when I wrote it and I don't feel it is sad in any way. It merely questions and explores.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Alekhouse: This is a beautiful poem, its a fact of life, we all have a turn in facing our death. You gave a voice to my own musings about death. I too wonder if it will be like waking up from a dream.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      @papajack: What a nice thing to say. Thank you so much. I really appreciate your comments.

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      papajack 8 years ago

      alekhouse: A wonderfully thoughtful work. I wish that I saw more of them.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks Randy for your comment. I hope you're right. I want to explore both perspectives. And I know there are many more. Will look for the joy next time.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Green Lotus: Thanks for the comments I know the poem is depressing, but it's only one side of the inevitable we may have to deal with.

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      Randy Behavior 8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      I hope death is like waking up from dream. Enjoyed your poem; it made me think.

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      Hillary 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Your poem is beautiful and sad. I know you are the former and hope you are not the latter.

      Hugs, Green Lotus

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