Treasure Island

Adedeji Ologbenla

(Ile-ife)

Life Is Death


Life is death, death is life
To live is to die and to die is to live
Man born of woman has a short time to live
As we flee to live, towards death we run
We come of age with the beauty of life
Just to be mown down like a matured tree
Life is death, death is life
To live is to die and to die is to live
Though we fill our days up with activities
We have an important date to keep
One that we cannot forget to attend
Nor decide to neglect, a date which is
A date with death…
Life is death, death is life
To live is to die and to die is to live
Our life is bitty
Our experience: a shattered mirror
A musician - music, a writer - writing,
Life has different versions of living it to the fullest
So what is life? - Meaningless to me
Life is death, death is life
To live is to die and to die is to live
‘Cos we live more or less in today
And tomorrow can be the last of our days
With our future the most unclear
And all our life, waiting for death
Death is a sweet thing
Whoever discovered suicide is a genius
Whoever cries over death is a bastard
For we are made to die
Leave the one that died today; he is safe
Think about your date with death
And change your ways, so that you will live on
Not in flesh but in the minds of men
Life is death, death is life
To live is to die and to die is to live
Whoever lives today is preparing to die
So live every minute like the next will be the date
Live not in fear but as a man ready to embrace
death
So do good and in all your doings be good
Let me go out with glory
Let not I be shamed in death
Let a smile end my last days
Let me hear in death 'he was a good man'
Let my passing out be a delight
And when the date comes,
With an embrace, will I go out to meet him
But,
Till the darkness becomes brightest
Till the fire goes out with the last flicker
Let me live today and die tomorrow
Let me use all the good in me for men
And make better the flocks of men that lives
Till then I will always remember
Life is death, death is life
To live is to die and to die is to live

Submitted: Saturday, March 09, 2013
Edited: Saturday, March 09, 2013

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  • Titilayo Sunday (3/9/2013 8:39:00 AM)

    like seriously, i love this poem...its reminds us that life ain't forever, someday, as we have come we shall go...i invite you to read and comment also on my poems.cheers! (Report) Reply

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