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Shrapnel

Am I the explosion or the explosive?
 Am I a part of the living or part of the 
dead?

Does it really matter, if I breathe or dont, 
It doesn't make a difference , I don't 
believe in the ripple effect .

 Like a grenade, compact and lean. 
With a missing pin ,
 in a battlefield.

I will explode , this second , maybe the 
next.
If not now maybe then.

Time is endless , seconds , minutes , 
hours. 
But death is immortal , so much so even 
time bends.
When I explode , what will remain ,
Just shrapnel , and maybe some pain.

What difference does it make ,
When to death you have been sold either 
way.
Every second of every day , like a timed 
bomb ticking away
If not now , maybe then. 

So if I surrender , does that make a 
coward.
Does it mean I'm weak , 
or strong enough to know what hovers.

I don't want to be immortalized , or 
remembered.
I don't mind being forgotten , not even 
noticed .

Because no matter the admirers , the 
lovers and their memories,
Death will come so why waste in pain.

If not now , maybe then.

Amanda Miller

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  1. Date: 3/7/2014 12:26:00 PM

    Strongly worded. We all hang by a thread...when (not if) it snaps we'll be blown into eternity; in the meantime let's make the most of our borrowed time on earth :) // paul

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