Heidi Fiore

Good Death - Poem by Heidi Fiore

What is a ‘good death'?

Some would say that there is no good in death,
And those would be the ones who imagine themselves immortal.
They won't think of death, because to them, it is unfathomable.

Others would say that it would be
To die knowing you have been loved on earth.
But if you have loved, and have been loved, then
What good can come in leaving this love?

Theologians preach of being once again with our great maker,
But, my maker is not so far away, he is with me at all times.
He joins me in all I do on Earth, and
All I do on Earth is to glorify Him.

Atheists believe that death is just the end.
As if each person's life was only a short film
Made to be played only once
And when it ends, it is burnt and forgotten.

I am still not sure of what could be good about death.
I have seen countless people suffer the loss of loved ones,
And I myself have grieved far too many times than I should care to.
In my encounters with death, all I have seen is heartache.

But then I look up,
And a new baby has just entered into this world.

I listen,
And I hear the beautiful melodies of the robins outside my window.

And I think,
Death is beautiful,
For without it,
There would be no life.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 15, 2012

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