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We play with death
With every breath we take
Each syllable
We speak
She listens closely

We sleep with death
And wake under her watch
So patient
In certainty
She readies her embrace

She draws closer
To disappear again
Teasing
Innate fears
Buried deep within

Did you have a life
Worth crying after
Did you have a time
Worth fighting for?

Did you love
At least once and fully
Did you find yourself
The one beneath it all?

We walk with death
The path matters little
One life
Ten lives
No number would suffice
I started writing this about a week ago while waiting for my biopsy results. In face of possible cancer, I've been thinking a lot about death and how it's the only certain thing in our lives. Yet somehow we strive so hard to ignore its inevitability. My results came back negative (although some precancerous cells need to be removed from my body) but still, I have to wonder - how long before death comes for me too? Is the state of dying something we should actively explore through learning about experiences of others?
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mackattack1991 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This was very hard-hitting and poignant. I really loved reading it.

Death scares us, and I think that's why we ignore it. We cling to our daily routines because they keep us safe, but eventually we all succumb to death. That's what my poem "Leaving the Cemetery" is about. 
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Elendurwen Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I liked your poem!
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mackattack1991 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Professional Writer
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Elendurwen Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, what you said after reading it is totally true. Glad that you feel like you have things and people in your life to live for. 
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Alessiah Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017   Writer
Thank god it was not a cancer!

Lovely work! Heart 
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Elendurwen Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you very much. 
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RoseyTiger Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017
I'm glad it wasn't cancerous. I think about death a lot too.
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Elendurwen Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
in what way? are you afraid of it? 
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saevuswinds Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017
I hope you feel better :heart:
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Elendurwen Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you.. not yet as I am still very anxious about the procedure to remove the abnormal cells as it is going to be done under general anaesthesia. completely letting go of my mind scares me a lot
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saevuswinds Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017
Doesn't it to everyone? I know I'm just as terrified!
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Elendurwen Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I was like some people who enjoy letting go and feeling strange. I used to be like that. 
What do you do when you are really scared of something but you have to go through it?
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saevuswinds Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017
I'm still trying to figure that out. I like change, so it's not new things that worry me, but no longer being myself. I like warm baths and showers though. And writing. 
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Elendurwen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, I am like you. Thank you. 
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saevuswinds Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017
:hug:
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aquagirl7 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Professional Writer
It's best to acknowledge and understand death than to ignore it. I'm glad you're doing okay. Heart 
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Elendurwen Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you ;) 
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JCSolis01 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Your sole guarantee, even before you are born, is to die.
This is a fate that everything from the top of society downwards faces. It's such an interesting topic - our own deaths. We don't know when we will die, how we will die, or even if our death's after effects. You may be dead and live in some afterlife (that is, if you believe in religion) or nothingness, but you still cause influencial consequences even after you die.

You may be mourned. You may have a task yet to complete. You may even have a family to leave behind. And Death will forever keep you from those after affects.

At least, that's what I believe.
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Elendurwen Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's interesting how many people concentrate on the influence they cause during their life or by their death. Why do they matter? They do not affect you after death so why care? Is it the fear of not mattering at all that makes people think how they affect others? Or is it something else?
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JCSolis01 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I think it's due to human human attachment and grievance. While it's it's true that we probably won't give an f once we're dead, but those last moments of death are what we are afraid of. What our legacy will be like. What is it that we leave behind.

I know that some people are probably kicking themselves before they die because of things they did or didn't do. Things that could have been. Things that were never meant to be. It kind of like the conception that you relive your entire life in your final moments of life.
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Elendurwen Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
yes I agree with you - it is those last moments that can become "heaven" or "hell" (to put it in a Christian terminology). That's why I think somebody should prepare us for the final moments, to appreciate them for what they are. A good look at yourself. It should really be the most important spiritual experience of your life. With fear, it becomes wasted. 
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emilywrites Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Professional Writer
very true. 
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Elendurwen Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
;)
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librarian-of-hell Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
"Is the state of dying something we should actively explore?" Hell yes.

The anti-choice mindset strikes again

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Elendurwen Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
While I do agree with your opinions in that post, suicide is not what I had in mind. What I did have in mind is that perhaps dying should be a much bigger part of our culture, we should actively engage with the dying to record their experiences for the living to find out about. Like, when we teach our kids / teenagers how it is to have sex. (At least I think kids should be taught by adults about possible psychological and physical sensations they might encounter during sex). I think now that such teaching about death is also needed. Coming back to your post, that would make even decisions about suicide more informed. 
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librarian-of-hell Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I do agree that death as a whole should not be a taboo. I'm just approaching it from the suicide rights angle because that's my main area of advocacy and I'm planning to do it as well. And yep, it would make it more informed and thus less stressful.
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