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What is to Become of Me

What is to become of me?
    I feel the warmth of your pulse
as my blood turns cold
    and I slip the bonds of this Earthly life
where both pride and ridicule
    followed me home like a lost puppy.

I have never been rewarded
    for the good works I have performed
but then again, I've never sufficiently
    suffered for my many transgressions.
Such is the vain nature of our existence
    as perfection alludes us all.

As I shed my tired corpse,
    I give thought to the afterlife.
Will I be greeted by those lost
    to the old black and white
photos of my adolescence?
    Will I swoon with a long forgotten
High School crush as we dangle our toes
    in the streams of our youth?

Will I feel my Mother's touch
    and gaze into the eyes I remember
with every fervor of my soul?
    Will she be pleased with the Man
she has raised?
    Will I feel the warmth of the Son
on my face?

Or will my molecules just waltz with others
    through an uncaring Universe
intent on mischief and roguery while
    riding the wave of some minimal existence
at the speed of light?
    Or will the flames of a vengeful deity
consume me for the purpose of providing
    some vestige of job security for the
demons of the underworld?

Or has life been a lousy box of Cracker Jacks
    with no prize at the end?
I don't think so... but I have no proprietary
    information on the subject.
The waiting is almost too hard to bare.
    So off I go into the great unknown.
I am hopeful but pragmatic.
    But I am ready... Let the journey begin.

               The End

*As with so many of you, I have been feeling the weight
     of my own mortality lately.

*To those who may be interested, I will be posting my cartoon 'Bob's your Uncle' on my homepage. A new one will appear every second day or so.


Copyright © | Year Posted 2020

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Date: 3/29/2020 4:41:00 PM
Outstanding, soooo creative. Whether it's what is currently going on, or not, there are answers to your queries. Most of us so well educated, but lost when it comes to shuffling off this mortal coil. Nobody ever came back from the dead but one man. Loved your line comparing life to a box of Cracker Jacks)) we are far more. We are not boxes at all. The way you live your life, or I, mine, determines our eternal homes. We do have a choice.))) Thank you....Panagiota xx
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Date: 3/25/2020 1:55:00 PM
David please read below... I'll try later...
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Date: 3/24/2020 9:53:00 AM
Well written and thought provoking. We all seem to be facing the unknown and many of us pondering a lot. Best wishes. Take care :)
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Jeff Connelly
Date: 3/25/2020 1:54:00 PM
Hello David. I'm not trying to piggy back ride someone else's comment, but I've tried many time to tell you how good this poem is, and because of a very invasive pop up ad my phone freezes. I'll try later David, but very thoughtful this. Thank you.
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David McHattie
Date: 3/25/2020 11:50:00 AM
I don't mind the fact that Mother Nature throws us a curve ball every once and a while. It causes us to slow down and take stock of who we are. Have a great day my friend.
Date: 3/23/2020 8:13:00 PM
Profound musings and honest fears, my friend. Well-penned. Much to chew on here. Thanks, David! :) Gershon
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David McHattie
Date: 3/25/2020 11:49:00 AM
It's amazing how quickly our priorities change. Yesterday it was global warming and now this. Mother Nature is a *****. Stay frosty my friend.
Date: 3/23/2020 1:50:00 PM
You made me would be like meditation on nothing for a long while...unless someone comes back from the dead to say otherwise... Who knows who knows...
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David McHattie
Date: 3/25/2020 11:47:00 AM
As long as a person has hope... this too will pass. Have a great day my friend.
Date: 3/23/2020 1:29:00 PM
Great poem. Good questions indeed
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David McHattie
Date: 3/25/2020 11:45:00 AM
Thanks Mark. We live in very interesting times. Have a great day.