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(November 17,1949 / Manila, Philippines)

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Rigor Mortis

Watch slowly drying up
Her eyeballs sink in deep
Pale-colored cheek cups shrink
As the body rests in sleep.

No rising of the chest to breathe
No movement of the arms
Stiffness envelops it with
A darkening of her charms.

Color slowly fades the hands
Darkened fingers stiffen
Legs straight in a mute stand
Death forcefully had taken.

All men will fall in a salute
To the Conqueror of finite things
Eternal sentence to commute
Unwelcomed, but he is coming.

No choices made, we all but follow
And march towards the grave
Our naked destiny for tomorrow
For rich, for poor, and for the brave.










'To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.'

December 2,2009

Submitted: Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Edited: Wednesday, July 04, 2012


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  • Bob Gibson (12/2/2009 12:15:00 PM)

    No matter the time spent on this earth, or whether your buried or burnt
    what matters most of all, is the lessons that we've learnt
    we leave behind our mortal shell, and all the things we owned
    the next adventure we will partake, with all the skills we honed

    lovely thought provoking poem Cynthia

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