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What is Death?

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Elizabeth Santos
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What is Death?

Death is life - by life's design
An essence to again reclaim
a passage to the infinite
A step into the very same

The spirit born of life anew
Wanders on the solid earth
And in the course of planet's turn
Leaves its mark of pain or worth

But in the season of its glory
In the summer of its prime
It shows its petals to the sun
And withers in the winter time

It spreads its seeds into the wind
And in the morning of its youth
Wonders at the joy within
And seeks an answer to the truth

The seeds then of its likeness bear
Beyond a dream, beyond a wish
The fruit of pear tree is a pear
The son of fish is also fish

And so the death then brings a life
And so the life then carries on
To seek the truth, fullfill its goal
And bear the load until it's gone

Death is life perpetual
The spirit's bloom from mellow bower
Drops its petals the the ground
To nourish then the coming flower

Elizabeth Santos
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1 posted 01-28-2000 10:23 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

How true, Elizabeth, and endless cycle, ever spinning, life to death to life, etc..Excellent writing....still.
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2 posted 01-28-2000 10:45 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Elizabeth, my friend-
I am reminded of 'The Circle Of Life'.
Brilliant, lady !

AND WHAT WONDERFUL NEWS !
The prayers continue for Tony.
God be with you both.
Love ~Marge~


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Elizabeth,
A wonderful poem and I agree with balladeer.
The mystery of the circle of life, is the grand mystery. But I feel since we are the
material of it, we will never know the answer. Love Sy
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This is wonderful, Elizabeth! And so full of truth!

Denise
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Liz excellent writing! So true!
Elizabeth Santos
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6 posted 01-29-2000 04:18 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Thank you for your interesting responses to this poem. It doesn't say exactly what I wanted it to, but I'll give it another attempt sometime. I've got to pick easier subjects to write about!
No, I don't think we know the truth, Sy, but I believe perhaps a few have come to know it. Very few.
Liz
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Wonderful poem Liz--I tried to write on this subject myself in a poem(I'll e mail it to you)  I always so enjoy your thought and the way you look at life.  
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Definitely agree with martie - I also love the way you look at life. Whether or not you have said precisely what you wanted to say I still love what you have said here (phew!)

Wonderful, Lizzy!!

K


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life enriches writing'
Sylvia Plath
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Liz, it is the way in which you share your craft, as much as the message within your words, that speaks to me. This is beautiful work.

Claire
Elizabeth Santos
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Martie,
Thanks so much for the poem, it is lovely, similar in thought, and I really enjoed it.
Two styles of writing so different and saying the same thing
Thanks
Liz
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Elizabeth,

Beautifully said. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

"In my end is my beginning." T. S. Eliot

Gene
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This is very good. You've explained the cycle of life very well. Thank you for sharing this piece.

G

 Regret not that which you have done,
Rather that which you haven't

Elizabeth Santos
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Kamla and Meadowmuse,
Two extremely gifted poets with such kind comments for me. You bring a tear
Liz

Gene and G,
Thanks for reading and for your kind responses
Liz
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Elizabeth: beautiful....I believe we leave this life because we learnt life's philosophy quicker than most and so we go on to learn in a different way...daft I guess, but it's how I think..

HUSG

 Memories give you the power to collect roses in the winter...
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Superb poem Elizabeth, I loved reading it to the very end.
Tracie  
Elizabeth Santos
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16 posted 01-30-2000 07:16 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Rainbow, I didn't see your response til now, this poem must have slipped. I love hearing your view of things. Thanks for sharing
Liz

Tracie, Thanks so much for your sweet comment
Liz
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Liz, so nice you have written what has no end and all beginnings. Excellent and so defined. First the title scared me a little bit but it pulled me in to read.

 The ability to describe life with words is similar to painting a picture; both can be powerful tools.


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18 posted 01-31-2000 12:44 AM       View Profile for mariee66   Email mariee66   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for mariee66

So beautifully written~

Testament that life goes on~

Marie~
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Excellent ending
This one made me think, great writting
Elizabeth Santos
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20 posted 01-31-2000 05:29 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Helmut,
I'm glad you were pulled in and glad you liked the poem

Marie, Thank you and I hope you keep posting, I liked your first poem very much

Steve, Thanks so much for your comment

Liz
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Elizabeth, I read your comment where you say this piece isn't exactly what you wanted to say, and I can respond that I know what you mean...but you are on a good track.  Given what you are going through, it may be some time before the words come.  Our prayers remain with you and Tony.

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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Liz, this is classic Liz Santos - you are so very deep (in a good way).  This is nicely written.
Elizabeth Santos
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23 posted 01-31-2000 05:21 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Sunshine, Thank you for your comments on this poem, and also for your continued prayers. You are very sweet
Liz

LngJhn, Thanks for your response, I aprreciate it very much
Liz
 
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