Deep Six South
Thanks a lot for coming back Lori. I like what you said how "we romanticize death but the reality is that there is nothing romantic about it". I agree wholeheartedly. I had to 'hide' my own spiritual opinion of course because many, especially in light of the passing of friends, are sensitive about such things. While it makes good poetry and "romanticizes" it, these friends are in their grave awaiting resurrection. They're not stars or planets and they're not watching over us. Therein lies, "the trick". Stars are massive nuclear furnaces, not dead people. I know the pain of death as does everyone, and I have grieved as others have. But to allow the loss of someone we loved or just knew, to take our minds off of what's real (and promised), is to deny the power of the One who created life, the heavens and the earth.
This is my opinion Lori. You or anyone else doesn't have to share it. Poets express themselves here in the way they see fit ("Have it your way"). I do no less. I would ask others to not be offended in their hour.
Thanks again. I sure appreciate your comments. I'll address anything you ask of me.
P.S I suspect this you said was with a touch of humor, "I complained to him he wasn't romantic enough". I don't think it's easy to become "romantic". It's a natural thing and you either are or you're not. Again my friend, that's my opinion.
One ladle serves the soup that feeds the mouths of the many.