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Death's Mission
by Gwen Dickerson
Sunday, May 01, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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"Angel of Death 11" Drawing courtesy of artist Reine Pettersson of Elfwood Galleries.

Death suddenly appears before me
Arriving from war's battle field of misery.
Beyond him, in the distance, I see
A collage of souls waiting patiently.

Death stares at me intensely.
Ancient hollows terrify, yet mesmerize me.
Eyes that capture with vice-like fascination
Rendering me helpless within their prison.

Knowing his mission is certain and unwavering
Knowing he comes to conquer the living
I shiver and cringe in agony
Knowing he has now come for me

"No Death," I beg, "Not now, please!"
My whimpering words are fruitless pleas.
Begging words he does not heed
Words that are hopeless, indeed.

Yet, Surprisingly
To some degree
He calms and enchants me, thus
With a sweet song most melodious:

Come hither, come hither, mortal
'Tis time for you to come with me
To fight, to struggle, 'tis useless
You cannot ignore my decree

He pauses ... then asks:
Dare you desire to do battle with me?

Dare I desire to do battle with him?
Oh no! No! Hell no!
Can anyone beat Death?
No! No! I don't think so!

It makes no sense for me to fight
What chance have I against his might?
Could I win? Certainly not!
What other choices have I got?

Was it not yesterday, and many days prior
That I ignored the splendor of earth's bloom?
Was it not yesterday and many days prior
That I ignored wrong deeds and other's needs?
Indulging instead, my material greed?

Now's too late to make amends
Too late to embrace life and friends.
Although my time has surely come
I think of "things" yet undone.

But, no, I've no choice, 'cept to go.
Yet, deep within, I sincerely pray
Beliefs in "blissful here-after" days
Are true . Oh please, let them be true !

Beliefs that there's life beyond death
Life beyond mortal death's grasp
One that breaks Death's icy hold
An eternal existence of a soul
A divine entity, a Being of eternity.

Death commands:
"Now! You must come!"
My heartbeats sound of ancient drums.
He points his bony finger at me
As my life force ebbs slowly from me.

Placing my trembling hand in Death's
I take my last gasping breath.
I leave my temporal house of flesh
At the very instant of his touch.

'Tis now, I receive an unseen kiss!
An outpouring of loving tenderness.
'Tis now, I notice a brilliant light
Amidst this darkened void-of-night.

Unexpectedly, Death releases my hand
And I flee away, as fast as I can
Racing toward that blazing light
In a most amazing feat of flight.

Alas, 'tis true ! Love! Ecstasy!
Astounding circumstance does embrace me.
I'm euphoric! I soar, laughing and singing
A divinely wondrous, eternal Being.

Copyright 2005 by Gwen Dickerson
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Reviewed by Lois Christensen 11/10/2008
Emotional writing and emotional reading. I am not afraid of death having watch my loving hubby die right before me. It is sad to have to go on sometimes, but positive I must be. Liked this picture and the poetry too. Death is final and we go to Heaven and everyone has to die, but not before our time is up. I must remember that. Often it seems.
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 5/18/2005
that was an intense read...very descriptive and emotive...great write, gwen!
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 5/17/2005
What an amzing finale! Gwen how come you can describe death like this? It seems as if you have tasted it before and then resurrected to show us how the process will look like when time comes to go for good. The poem touches the soul not in a way to soothe but in a way to take it. A wonderful poem.
Reviewed by Cathrine Hottran 5/15/2005
captivaiting, excellent write!
Reviewed by William Bonilla 5/5/2005
An outstanding write Gwen
enjoyed much
thanks for sharing

William ....Peace & Love
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 5/3/2005
Thought provoking and very powerfully portrayed, Gwen. Death is not the end in itself - he is but the messenger boy and the chaperone to the Great Beyond! Like birth, we all have to pass through the dark tunnel before arriving on the other side. Reminds me of potholing somehow, of which I am mortally afraid... yet I feel I could jump out of an airplane any day!! Its something to do with "deep", "dark" and "water", I think... must have had a difficult birth, I guess! Graphic and well-written, thank you! Kate xx
Reviewed by Huda Orfali 5/3/2005
Very poweful poem
thanks for sharing this gem
love and peace
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/3/2005
A truly captivating poem, Gwen - love that artwork, too.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 5/2/2005
Hard to come up with words not already said, Gwen.
A masterpiece that flows and flows. I love the picture too.

Reviewed by Paul Williams 5/2/2005
I like this lots Gwen, powerful and stunning art work to match.

Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 5/2/2005
Beautifully and powerfully insightful and excellent Gwen, What a most excellent poem!

Reviewed by Kate Clifford 5/1/2005
Wonderful beautiful write! It is good that you showed that even with strong belief's that moment can be very dark and scary....but the light always wins :-)
Reviewed by A PAX 5/1/2005
This is unique, and powerful Gwen :)
well done :)
Reviewed by jude forese 5/1/2005
yep ... death can be a friend when we survive its embrace ... Gwen, you did a fantastic job with this poem ...
Reviewed by Henry Stevens 5/1/2005
The picture is a wonderful set up for the poem, which is strong. Good job. Henry
Reviewed by Roger Ochs 5/1/2005
Powerful and reflective. Your works conquer death.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/1/2005
Gwen what a fantastic journey you took us on!
I'm elated with your finale! I've felt
similar events and visions, most beautiful!
Isn't it exciting. I can only say, may it be!
When that time comes may it be!;-)

Reviewed by Birdie Houston 5/1/2005
Great art work .....Powerful write fantastically written!!!!
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 5/1/2005
I Fear Not Death (Nor Any Human Being) I Welcome It Death For There Is No Fear-It Fear Is Only In (Your Minds)You..

Credit For The write!

Reviewed by Chanti Niven 5/1/2005
Wow this is gripping. I found myself getting goosebumps while reading this. It doesn't matter if one agrees with the premise or not, anyone can appreciate great poetry and I really do.
Well done!
Reviewed by George Carroll 5/1/2005
I don't agree with the premise, but it makes for a nice poem.
Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine 5/1/2005
Faith. R
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/1/2005
Most outstanding Gwen!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 5/1/2005
Gwen, this is an exquisite poem!

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