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Death is Not the Enemy

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Death is Not the Enemy

I have found myself at the threshold of death on several occasions. Each time I managed to 
look it in the eye, doff my hat and say, “I’ll catch you up the trail.” This is not to say that I 
am some special breed of hombre that casually defies death, for there have been many who 
have gone the way before me and managed the confrontation in heroic decorum. 
Nevertheless, death is not some evil state of being that only the brilliant or daring may defy; 
nor is it a release from the severity of life. If anything, death is the threshold of eternity. Life 
provides all known qualities, conditions, trials and tribulations that we encounter throughout 
the fruition of our purpose.

Oh, death is not the enemy, for life provides our foes, The ills, disease and suffering… the countless other woes; For this is as it was ordained since Earth was yet to be, When life evolved on other planes, the eye will never see. We all embrace our time and grow in body, mind and soul. We foster wisdom, strength and faith, fulfilling every role. Prepared or not, the time will come, our form will waste away, While life goes on, as is ordained by He who plans the way. No, death is not the enemy, an end that one should fear. It’s but a threshold for the soul to doff its mortal gear, While life transcends its bond with Man to dwell forevermore With He, whose force conceived all life and is its very core.

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  1. Date: 11/8/2009 12:22:00 PM
    so true my friend so true

  1. Date: 10/29/2009 5:48:00 AM
    Amen, Praise the LORD. Beautiful poetry.Cleary stated.I love it. It becomes a fav. Gidds

  1. Date: 10/2/2009 11:56:00 AM
    Amazing work, best of luck in the next round...Raul

  1. Date: 9/26/2009 3:54:00 PM
    Excellent work, Jim! Wonderful cadence and Rhyme blended with words of wisdom. Well done! Again, congratulations and good luck in the finals! Love, Robin

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 4:54:00 PM
    a memorable poem! Jim!... and congrats on 3-entries making it to the second round!... jim

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 12:42:00 PM
    Congratulations on having all three submissions make the first cut in the poetry contest! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 12:00:00 PM
    Jim, congratulations in getting past round one of the competition, good luck >> James

  1. Date: 8/2/2009 11:43:00 AM
    yes as you say...hopefully another adventure, however, we have managed to figure out too many ways for the dieing.......by fighting death in many cased pain on all levels by all involved is extended. Light & Love...I always enjoy your writing!

  1. Date: 7/5/2009 3:45:00 AM
    I like your poem and agree with you. I had a TIA about two months ago. I was totally aware of everything and it did not last but a short time less than thirty minutes but God spared me any brain damage. I know there is a reason. I was made aware that I could have to live unable to comunicate with anyone and unable to read and write. Thank God for his Goodness for sparing me. Sara

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 11:37:00 AM
    a beautiful poem, it is true we should not fear death, because Of what Jesus did for us on the cross death is not the end its just the begining, God bless you from diane