Arsiema Berhane

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A Certain Life - Poem by Arsiema Berhane

There are times when you feel
unsafe and insecure
about yourself that
you ain’t at all sure
If you’ll wake up the next day
And no matter the pain,
no matter the sorrow
you still want to go on
be part of tomorrow.

Then, just to make yourself feel good
you scribble down a letter
to an insurance firm
asking the details of the kinds of cover
it does offer.
Mailing it makes you feel better.

But deep down you know
Wherever you hide or go
You can’t cheat death
And an insurance company
can do nothing, to save you.
It’s ridiculously stupid and funny.

6.4.06


Comments about A Certain Life by Arsiema Berhane

  • Nasra Al Adawi (7/11/2013 6:22:00 AM)


    It feels like that now...so poetic...well said (Report) Reply

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  • (1/19/2008 6:09:00 PM)


    A very good poem this one Arsiema you are certainly in touch with your moods well written (Report) Reply

  • (6/26/2006 5:22:00 AM)


    nice poem about death...anyway after we die we would never know a thing...nalini (Report) Reply

  • (5/8/2006 7:30:00 AM)


    I like this one. You are right about death...one event we are all sure to attend. Many of us never send that RSVP, though. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (4/20/2006 10:38:00 PM)


    Arsiema, interesting poem... you make some valid points. Well done!
    Brian
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  • (4/14/2006 1:47:00 AM)


    A very creative poem the content was just brilliant cheers Sylvie (Report) Reply

  • (4/13/2006 10:19:00 AM)


    The last line says it all. You can't cheat death, but you can laugh at it, and disarm it, at least for a while. And after all no one can hope for more than a moment in time. (Report) Reply

  • (4/11/2006 8:22:00 AM)


    Cool poem, and very true. I especially like the lines:

    And no matter the pain,
    no matter the sorrow
    you still want to go on
    be part of tomorrow.
    (Report) Reply

  • (4/11/2006 12:24:00 AM)


    This was a very fatalist type of work. The following lines were hitting my heart:

    You can’t cheat death
    And an insurance company
    can do nothing, to save you.

    Good work. Keep it up.
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 8, 2006



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