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Because I Could Not Stop For Death

Author Note: Entry for Jon Heck Contest "EDGE." When I think of "fear," I can think of
nothing more fearful than death and wondering what it is like.

Because I could not stop for death,
my brain,
the grand inquisitor,
ponders the moment.

About six minutes,
the time it takes
for the brain to die.

What happens in that short time?
Does the brain ramble;
try to decompose
if, it indeed died?
In death, is there fear;
is recognition instantaneous?
Can you see it in the eyes?

Is six minutes time to make
peace before judgment?
Or, serenity,
a time to relax and reminisce
before memory fades for all time.

Six minutes,
biblical prophecy,
ashes to ashes,
dust to dust,
does partake.
Because I could not stop for death, 
in six minutes,
everything learned
erased for all time;
my body lies dead,
I say goodbye.

Copyright © Mac McGovern

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  1. Date: 7/20/2010 3:08:00 AM
    I think death is the one thing most feared because no one comes back to tell us about it. Great writing Mac. Congratulations on your win in John's contest. Lainie

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 10:27:00 PM
    Cogratulations on your win in John Heck's contest, " Edge. " This is a great poem reflecting on the reality of death. I have enjoyed reading it, pondering over death a lot. This is another victory added to your achievements. Have a blessed day. Thanks for your kind comments. Kindest Regards, Andrew.

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 7:04:00 AM
    Congratulations Mac on your well deserved win in John Heck's contest "Edge". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/16/2010 2:55:00 PM
    Congrats Mac on your winning poem in John's Edge contest with this marvelous write.. enjoy your sweet victory.. with luv..

  1. Date: 7/5/2010 11:32:00 AM
    this is a great poem. i really enjoyed it, it asks many questions about what happens in the 6 short minutes that it takes the brain to die, and that is a good question. it may not be a question that can be answered by one particular person though. anyway thank u for the comments on my poems. i rlly enjoyed reading this one.

  1. Date: 6/30/2010 5:15:00 PM
    sad thoughts, made me feel like being in the cold ocean not breathing!

  1. Date: 6/30/2010 2:49:00 PM
    not bad