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A Poet’s View on Death
by Carmen Ruggero
Monday, December 26, 2005
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If death should come quickly while in my sleep,
well then, I will not see the birth of day;
the loss of which will not cause me to weep,
good, bad, what’s gone is gone, be as it may.

If I should close my eyes and never wake,
I will not miss the dawn, or what it brings.
Not the fawn, the flower, ocean, or lake;
my spirit will not want of earthly things.

If curtain fall should catch my speech not done,
will you miss the words you’ve not heard me speak?
I will not miss the approval lost, or won,
play’s done; performance not up for critique.

But should I die not having known love’s bliss,
I will weep, though for nothing else but this.

Carmen Ruggero©2005


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Reviewed by Robin Ouzman Hislop 1/4/2006
quite a nice view on death for a personal pov. it never ceases to amaze me what ive lost & what ive found in place of being dead that ive given up with views on my death but i liked v much some of your lines eg.,
"I will not miss the approval lost, or won,
play’s done; performance not up for critique."
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 1/3/2006
Ah Carmen, you have penned a masterpiece with this powerful and outstanding poem, I loved every word,

Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 1/3/2006
Aberjhani hit it on the head with powerful and wise. This is
beyond excellent. . .hope you know. Happy New Year again (and again and again). No one deserves happiness more. Always, Pea
Reviewed by Aberjhani 1/2/2006
Such powerful beauty and wisdom in A POET'S VIEW ON DEATH. One can leave behind earthly pleasures because they are grounded in material temporality but love is the bridge to the spiritually eternal and to leave without knowing it is, I think, to condemn one's spirit to a kind of limbo or chaos. My gratitude for this thrilling and inspiring write:-)
Reviewed by Helga Ross 1/1/2006
Ho, Carmen!
Your poem is very fine indeed.
I like it a lot and I relate to it.
I LOVE the surprise ending.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/1/2006
I totally agree with Nordette, Carmen. And Robert Frost is one of my favorite poets too so this is a compliment. Thank you for sharing this gift. Happy New Year to you with love and peace,

Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 12/29/2005
Yes,Love is all that matters.Terrific poem!
Best wishes always
Reviewed by J M 12/28/2005
This is very classical poetry it is well penned I enjoyed your talent.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 12/28/2005
Shades of Robert Frost, one of my favorite poets. An exceptional write, Carmen, lyrical and meaningful as well. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Cynth'ya 12/28/2005
Wow, that muse must have really been roaming Muncie this morning! I don't do a lot of "rhymers" but when they come to me, I just let 'em fly, and mostly, they're good to go. But girlfren' girlfren sistah girlfren', this is sooooo so lyrical! I love the 3rd stanza. Your spirit was definitely in control of the production of this poem. I absolutely LOVE it!!

blessin's, the birds are waking up soon so I better catch some shut-eye (LOL)
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 12/27/2005
This is one of your gems and the truth speaks loudly through it.
Reviewed by jude forese 12/27/2005
outstanding poetic achievement, Carmen ... your view of death brings out the essence of life ...
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 12/27/2005
CLASSIC BEAUTY or what, Carmen?? This has literally brought me to my knees and should be published alongside the greatest Shakespearean Sonnets... I am sure he himself would laud this work of art and give it first place. PRICELESS! Both in form and sentiment, this is class. I could be wrong, but this is so touching because I read that it is the experience of FEELING love that would be the greatest loss, not actually receiving it. I am cut to the quick. Would we have missed this if we were not graced to have received it from you - NOT HALF!! This is my very, very favourite piece of yours and flies into my Library Top 10 no trouble! TY and bless you, Kate xx
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/27/2005
Quite a powerful piece, Carmen; and quite an ending.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 12/27/2005
Wise and profound words here, Carmen. You have set the priorities straight. Very good. Very good #2.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/27/2005
"But should I die not having known love’s bliss,
I will weep, though for nothing else but this"

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 12/26/2005
Oh my word. The ending made me gasp "Oh my word" out loud.
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 12/26/2005
Beautifully expressed, Carmen! Love's bliss is everything.
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 12/26/2005
the way you have expressed this is extraordinary, Carmen. wishes for a Happy New Year to you, Dawn
Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/26/2005
Wow! You have me in chills Carmen. Very moving poem!

I too hae thought like this, but you have the talent to write it out so beautifully bittersweet and gripping.Love the last lines. Brava!

ps love the art!


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