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What If I Die?

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Madame Chipmunk
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~What If I Die~



What if I die...
now that life is once again sweet
will my time have been fruitful, or pained with defeat?

after I die, my body will lie neath an old oak tree
it's gnarled roots, reaching heavenward with glee
as if praying to be born again as branches
to sway in the breeze to dance leafy dances
to be covered in green
in this sacred place, serene

but what will become of my soul...
will it plunge, like a brick to the depths of hell
to be punished for sins unknowingly dealt
to repent for eternity, from burning chains...never expelled?

or will it soar through the clouds like a graceful bird
to a haven of peace and wisdom, ruled by loving words
will it be united with those I've lost
and loved, at memory's cost
woven into an ethereal tapestry of living
of life and death and good and giving?

will my spirit be dead forever
the thread of my life severed
tied with a final knot, to unravel...never?

will my soul lie dormant in dreamless sleep
with no memory of this life, this death, these feelings deep
will it sleep forever, without keep?

or will it be re-cycled, used again like paper
re-issued to a new body, new destiny, new capers
to a brand new life waiting to be born
by a brand new shell, will my old soul be adorned?

will the bits and pieces of my memories be erased
wiped clean, never to be remembered
or will they always hang somewhere in the ethers
like ashes of burning embers?

what if I die, now that life is once again sweet?
~



Lyra

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Larry C
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1 posted 07-17-2002 11:33 PM       View Profile for Larry C   Email Larry C   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Larry C's Home Page   View IP for Larry C

Lyra,
Sweet lady. Life forces us to face tough issues. You do it with such class. May I assume the questions are not rhetorical...I'll see you in heaven. I know you face hard times but having faced only one of my own, I am reminded we are all going to die. I will see you in heaven. But for now...I am so glad you are right here. Excellent poem. Peace and courage to you dear friend. Don't stop writing your heart. I want to read it.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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2 posted 07-17-2002 11:33 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Lyra

I think we all ask ourselves this question in one way or another.  My daughter, Michelle had an answer when she was only five.  She was wise.  She said, "only God knows what infinity is."  She is probably right, and certainly knows the answer now.  But if I were to measure you and send you to a place, it would be filled with peace and more than one loved ones face.

Hugs to you dear Lyra
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Very good poem

Cold hands means a warm heart

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(big hugggsssssss) Oh Lyra, I know how confusing these questions may be, but I know with all my heart when the time truly does come around you will join Him and forever be blessed by His love, for you are a true angel and your love will always guide your loved ones and cheer them up like the sweet, compassionate, and loving chipmunk! (kiss on cheek) Until that day comes when the time is right, always live life to the fullest and follow your heart and be the loving you, sweet friend, God Bless You, we all love you so much! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Lyra, thank you for sharing!



May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton

"Underneath your clothes there's an endless story..."

Shakira

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Lyra,
I believe that all people consider this, some of us have more of a sense of immediacy. I am sure that you are armed with the tools needed, to see this thing through.

I know also, that all of your friends here...believe

~wranx

What shall become of me
when my eyes no longer see?
When my blood grows cold and thick,
when my mouth no longer speaks?

What shall become of me
when you can’t recall my face?
I’ve tread this life so lightly,
I believe I’ll leave no trace.

When this life’s timepiece
drops its’ final grain,
I pray my end is peaceful,
forsaking agonies and pain.

What shall become of me
when I answer that final call?
Will my spirit be freed?
Will the mote that is me
continue on at all?

I have great faith in Humanity...It's just most of the Humans, I'm not too keen on.     E.F.Rose

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Yes we will all die...and in our hearts we want to feel like we are prepared...nothing wrong with believing that the soul lives on forever...James
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what if I die, now that life is once again sweet?

Oddly enough, I've been asking myself the same question, lately.  I never think about my own mortality until I'm in a situation where I'd miss being.  
Though, may I say this about your that...You ain't goin' anywhere!!!!!  We're not done with ya yet!!!

One blaze of glory - glory
find
glory
in a song that rings true
truth like a blazing fire
an eternal flame

Jonathan Larson  

Madame Chipmunk
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Thanks Larry...
Yes the questions are rhetorical, but I am always scared now.
A couple of weeks ago, I carried some heavy photo albums upstairs and I seem to have strained a muscle in my left thigh.  It seemed to have healed after a few days, but then last weekend...I wore high heels and it came right back again...so now I'm all paranoid that I have a bone metasteses because thats where my first husband had the pain which was his first symptom of his cancer and it turned out to be a very big metasteses on his hipbone.
This has just caused me to do all sorts of dark thinking...which I have to stop doing, so I figured that writing it into a poem might help to discharge those feelings.
Life throws us such surprises...and not always happy ones, as you know.
~ great big hugs

Lyra

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Thanks so much, Martie...
Michelle had amazing wisdom for a small child.
Thanks for sharing it and for sharing her with us.
~ soft hugs

Lyra

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Thanks so very much for your reply, Julie...
I'm glad you liked the poem.
~ late night hugs

Lyra

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Noah...
thanks so much for your sweet and constructive advice.  I hope that God doesn't need any chipmunks in heaven just yet.
~ silly chipmunk hugs

Lyra

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Thanks so much, Wranx...for your very nice reply, for your amazing confidence in me and also for that lovely poem...
It is beautiful...thanks for sharing it.
~ lots of hugs

Lyra

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Madame Chipmunk
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Thanks so much, James...
I hope that you are right and I hope that the soul goes to a really nice place instead of a dark dismal and really hot one....and I'm not referring to Hawaii either LOL
~ hugs and grins

Lyra

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Duncan...thanks so much for your reply and I hope that you are right because this chipmunk likes it right here...
~ lots of chipmunk hugs

Lyra

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Dear Lyra, you've explored the questions faced by most of us (perhaps even in our everyday life), esp. when we are faced with new challenges, obstacles and even fears.  Though we may not know exactly what will happen to us, but I do know for sure, if we believe in God and His word and promises, we shall have eternal life (we live forever!).  And I pray that our souls leave with us, for without them we are nothing.  This is a truly an amazing poem.  Where did you get all these lovely pics huh?

BIG hugs again (and I know you'll never be tired of them)  

marie


Keep counting your blessings

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Madame Chipmunk
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Thanks so much, Marie...
I agree with you about the soul...but I don't confess to know anything for sure because if I have been there, I don't remember it.  I guess thats one of life's great mysteries and we aren't supposed to know it until its time to know it...
but I have had lots of communication with my late first husband and I know that he is watching over me...and that makes me believe that there is somewhere that our souls go after our bodies die.
I get a lot of my pics from a website called Webshots.   You have to join but its for free, I'll email you the link.
~ bigger than life hugs


Lyra

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In my minds eye I see heaven as a field of flowers where we all are blowing in the same direction...and you dear heart would undoubtly be one of the brightest and most beautiful ones....I'm certain of it!  

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...'as if praying to be born again as branches
to sway in the breeze to dance leafy dances
to be covered in green
in this sacred place, serene...'

I love these lines. When we do die, and we all will, I love the ideas of above. Lots of questions and words to think about in this poem Lyra. I think Martie's daughter had the best statement.  Hugs, Marti

"Even if life is full of thorns, I still embrace it for I know that in between those thorns, there is a rose worth all the pain."

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Sweet Lady...now you have me thinking deeply...in ways you may not comprehend.  Wear flats.     You have a beautiful soul, Lyra, there is no way that you would not soar the heavens, for this is what you give to us now...all beauty, even in the rages of those things you cannot control.  You know the good of life.  Cling to it, until He gives you His promise, and just remember, you are always a teacher, and through you, we will all be taught many lessons for a very long time to come...

a Very Long Time To Come...

~*~ Teaching Hugs...   K
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Morning Lyra~ I have to echo Karilea as well.  We all ponder these thoughts at one time or another, and I guess the answer lies in our faith, which is tested from time to time.  You will be well, and be with us here for a long long time. What an amazing woman and writer you are!  
You inspire me...you inspire us all.  
Be well.
~Hugs~
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Lyra - lovely poem - so well written and so full of good questions - for my 2 cents - your spirit never dies and the things we do live on forever - that is as far as I get in this ponder - really great poem - Paul
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Well. Lyra, I have pondered these questions over a period of many years, but never as eloquently as you have in this interesting piece of creative wondering.

I think you have dealt with the issues in fine style, using strong images and appropriate language.

I have never worked out the answers, so I'll stick with Bob Dylan: "The answer is blowing in the wind."

I look forward to reading more of your work.

Patrick Talty

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Lyra, dear, you know that I know all the answers, why didn't you just ask? Life should be sweet! Be grateful for every ounce of happiness the Lord has given you. He loves us and wants us to be happy. Death isn't defeat, it's another stage in existence, and you know that already-you said you know your first husband is looking out for you. As for the pain, well-that happens. Some people have a lot harder time dying than others, but you and I know that some people have a lot harder time giving birth than others, too. It's not some big theological thing, it just is. As one person who is going to die to another one(though neither of us very soon, I hope!) when it's over, I'll meet you up there and we'll write truly heavenly poetry!

Nan(Pilgrim variety)

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Really Really Touching.
This issue is faced by all of us as scary as it is we can't run from it , we must enjoy what our master has given us.
To open a door without knowing what is on the other side takes great courage, but open it we must to embrace what is on the other side or we will never know the joy that awaits us.
I recently had a scare like your husband but everything turned out okay.
Bless You   Paul
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