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Life And Death - Poem by RHEY W. HEDGES

Life and Death

In Stealth unseen,
on swift sure wings it’s flying;
for none does Death “ere wait.
We briefly live,
and all the while are dying; .
soon ends our Love or Hate.

Before and ‘aft,
both longer than the living;
Life glows then fades away.
Hours ne’er return,
there is one chance for giving;
there is but one today.

For all Death comes,
to young as well as older;
Just when no one may know.
Alone the wise,
Joy warms the heart that’s bolder;
and ever was it so.

Some say to wait,
be sure of what you’re nearing;
when young you’re rich in years.
Are they then Fools,
who rush to Love not fearing?
they shed the fewer tears!

In stealth, unseen,
Death closes every hour;
when will your Life be done?
Love now, love true,
and loving never cower;
through Love Life’s Joy is won!

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Rhey W. Hedges, December 23,1961

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, July 3, 2008

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