Life and Death

Lose yourself in Death. It’s the final chance to destroy your enemies.
Its highest value comes when you look the other way
Lost in hate, Death will never return
It is so confusing. Pretending it’s easy is easy.
Stop expecting so much of Death. It’s scary. Get over it.
It is quick and short and meaningless
Until then horde all you earn for your well-being is not guaranteed and people will laugh if you have too much fun
Death waits to laugh at you too.

But, if you live a significant Life death is meaningless
Life’s a little scary but it’s worth the ride
Your light will shine the higher you climb
Chaos gives way to Life’s peace
As each new birth brings new potential for great caring
And age knows the truth; Life is for living right now
Though evil people live on, history will bury their shadows
So live a courageous Life. Living in fear will prepare you for nothing.


Welcome to Day 13 of the NaPoWriMo Challenge. The challenge today is to write a poem in which the words or meaning of a familiar phrase get up-ended. For example, if you chose the phrase “A stitch in time saves nine,” you might reverse that into something like: “a broken thread; I’m late, so many lost.” Or “It’s raining cats and dogs” might prompt the phrase “Snakes and lizards evaporate into the sky.” Those are both rather haunting, strange images, and exploring them could provide you with an equally haunting, strange poem (or a funny one!)

I started with finding sayings about Life and then sayings about Death and then upended them to be the reverse. Here are the original sayings:

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
An unexamined life is not worth living.
I have found that if you love life, life will love you back
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated
You get in life what you have the courage to ask for
It is not the length of life, but depth of life
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans
Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one is watching
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.
I am not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.
Six feet of earth makes us all equal.
To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
Death is a distant rumor to the young.
Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

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