Poem: “In What Way do you Know of Death?”


In What Way do you Know of Death?

He said: There is no afterlife, no God
I asked him for his date of birth
His time of death

He knew when he was born
On the basis of authority
For he did not have full sentience then

But as for when he dies
He says:
No one can say when it will be

Then in puzzlement:
If no one knows the one
How can you know the other?

You trust experience alone
And have not died or fully lived –
In what way do you know of death, or God?

April 27, 2011


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