This Poem was Submitted By: R. Lee Buckley On Date: 2001-01-02 23:19:11 . . . Click Here To Mail this Poem to a Friend!

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"To Know"

Do the dead enjoy existence living in our memories? A kindly sentiment, but more depressing than the theories held by pagans, old and new, or wistful epitaphs upon the gravestones of the Greeks and Romans.  Many laughs are heard at their expense today, for triviality and shallowness now oft' replace thoughts of eternity. There's nothing more depressing than a graveyard; drooping plumes; the odor of decay about the shadowy vaults and tombs. The dead should not be "earth-bound"; tied to this world; at our call. The Gothic view, obsessed with grisly remnants, worst of all. Yet the reaction from it, in our time, has been a flight to another equally unhealthy extreme...leave death quite "out of sight". We think and act as if death's not a part of reality; a frightful piece of "bungling" to destroy life's pleasantry. The "leitmotif" of all our lighter reading - death - for us has disappeared from serious thought as we wait for a bus; preoccupied with the sensational aspects of it all; the sordid, brutal business we drink in with feigned appall. The comfort of philosophy, resignation to one's "fate", are well enough all by themselves, but they cannot equate with all the robust joy and the assurance of the view provided by the revealed truths of God.....what will ensue when we "pass through the veil" - into that "other world" - to KNOW that we continue after death and, also, where we'll go!

Copyright © January 2001 R. Lee Buckley

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