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Author's Notes:  This is a "Tanka" or Japanese verse form write on the subject:  "Death."  For this write, I've looked at "Death" as marking the end of life and the beginning of the process of transformation.  It is at this point, right at death, that our eternal soul separates from it mortal bounds and begins its ascension to the Spirit World (or the Great Beyond) which is often likened to Heaven depending on the type of religion that one may ascribe to. The syllable count for this Tanka is:  5-7-5-7-7 (for a total of 31 syllables).  (Gary Bateman - November 12, 2014) (Tanka poetic format)     

Categories:  allegory, body, change, death, heaven, imagery, and spiritual.

Marks the end of life— Transformation now begins. The soul exits the Earth’s plane . . . A new journey’s underway . . . Heaven’s the destination! Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved, Schoeningen, Germany (November 12, 2014) (Tanka poetic format)

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Date: 11/15/2014 3:36:00 AM
I agree with you Gary, we believe in rebirth. We believe in transformation.Birth- death-Birth a cycle . Through this cycle the chain of evolution continues.In final evolution we reach God.It is the purpose of our life. It is the purpose of our death as well. Love..a perfect 7, my fav. God bless. ))) rajat
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Gary Bateman
Date: 11/15/2014 5:09:00 PM
Rajat, Thanks so much my very good friend for your read of my Tanka here -- and for your most wonderful comments. I also agree 100% with everything you mention in your comments. The cycle you mention is indeed the ultimate purpose of our life!! I'm glad you enjoyed this Tanka. Best Wishes Always, Gary
Date: 11/13/2014 2:58:00 PM
Inspiring and inspirational, mein guter, freund!
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Date: 11/13/2014 4:37:00 PM
Thanks Demetrios. When I wrote about Life, I then naturally had to say something separately about "Death," and later "Being." Glad you liked this one!! Best, Gary
Date: 11/13/2014 2:03:00 AM
I am not a religious person, but I do believe that death is not the end. I think that our spirits or souls will always remain, whether it be in heaven or here on earth... This was a great write, Gary. Very uplifting and inspiring!
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Date: 11/13/2014 4:42:00 PM
Kelly, Thanks for your read and your great comment here!! I believe and feel very much about this topic just like you do. I am always amazed at how all the religious prelates tell us exactly what everything is going to be like. Each of us will find out in time on our own when it is indeed OUR TIME TO GO!! Best Always Kelly, Gary
Date: 11/12/2014 4:52:00 PM
And you've said Gary my good pal, as a Christan I firmly believe that death is not an end but that our immortal souls are headed into a new journey from wherever God judges that we belong. The Bible states clearly that Heaven is the final destinition for those who accept Jesus Christ as Gods son and their savior. No man can buy salvation is given to us only by Gods grace, for Jesus dying on the cross for all sinners who is everyone and this includes me.Forgiveness of sins and repeatance starts in our hearts and with God and He knows all.Excellent poem Gary my dear friend! A 7 from me! :) Love and hugs! xxxx D.
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Date: 11/13/2014 4:57:00 PM
"D" Thanks so much for your most wonderful comment here!! (And for the "7.") I feel very much the same. Death is only a new beginning. Our eternal soul will live on. It will be a trip worth taking for each and every one of us!! Best Wishes Always, Gary (XOXO)