Me And My Mortality

We entered life together,

Seperated at conception,

He born directly into the world,

Waiting for me to follow,

Hiding in the tall branches and low fields,

In the speeding traffic and deep rivers,

In the aeroplanes engines and the sharks jaws,

In the dark chasms and the freak streak of lightning,

In the storms head and hopefully, one day, in the comfortable bed.

I know of him, I sometimes feel his presence,

He is ever at my shoulder and as I age gently reaches out a hand,

He has my face, my voice, my fears and my commitments,

And one day we are destined to meet in this land.

We will meet but we will meet only once and we both know this,

He has always known this and I learned when I was young,

We will stand face to face, and embrace where all things end,

And there share only two words, "Welcome friend."

◄ Crimson

A Spiders Haiku ►


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Lisa C Bassignani

Thu 20th Jun 2019 21:49

None of us will get out alive.
This is wonderful Jason

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Thu 20th Jun 2019 21:11

Really enjoyed this - and made me pause to think for longer than anything else today. Great work, thank you. T

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Thu 20th Jun 2019 20:50

Yea, well expressed, Jason, full of poetry. -But- no, for me not so. Death is an enemy. I fear it not but it is an enemy, a defeated enemy.
Live long

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Jason Bayliss

Thu 20th Jun 2019 18:18

Thank you all so much for your comments and likes. It's really nice when a piece of writing connects with others so I am really pleased.


mona s

Thu 20th Jun 2019 11:24

Unique poem with such a beautiful blend of life n death.. Brilliant piece..

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Peter Taylor

Thu 20th Jun 2019 09:04

Hi Jason,

This is a lovely piece, an arrow from the heart, straight and true.


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kJ Walker

Thu 20th Jun 2019 07:07

The only thing certain in life is death. This is a different (and probably unique) way of looking at our own mortality.
I have no fear of death, but I hope to see more things on this earth before he welcomes me as a friend.

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Don Matthews

Thu 20th Jun 2019 01:06

Like Devon I thought it was stunning. The way you juxtaxposed you and death showed another way of expressing things. Both entering at birth and uniting at end was nice thinking. Well done.

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Jason Bayliss

Wed 19th Jun 2019 21:44

Thanks Devon, I wondered if anyone would notice that, to be honest I just thought it would look apt and didn't expect anyone else would see it.


Devon Brock

Wed 19th Jun 2019 21:38

Stunning Jason. This reminded me of Don Juan telling Carlos Castaneda that his death rides on his left shoulder. I also like the shape of it - reminiscent of a teardrop.

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Jason Bayliss

Wed 19th Jun 2019 21:10

Thanks Martin, I've always felt it was like this. One day me and my shadow will meet and I hope I can welcome it like an old friend, but I suppose that all depends on timing and circumstance.
And thank you Lisa and Do.RoThy for liking.

J. x

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Martin Elder

Wed 19th Jun 2019 20:57

The subject of death has been wonderfully described in the poem on a subject that is potentially difficult for most of us at different times. It is hard to imagine what some folk go through.
Nice one Jason

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Jason Bayliss

Wed 19th Jun 2019 14:55

I'm sorry for your loss Graham. The poem tries to express how I feel about death. The knowledge that the only absolutely definite thing from the moment you're conceived is that one day you'll die and that, if you can, you have to try to be alright with that.
It seems to me to be almost like people and their demise are born together and seperated only to be reunited somewhere further down the line, or in some cases not so far. Those of us who get some time should consider ourselves lucky and really strive to get the most out of life, and then, hopefully, somewhere way down the line, we will meet with our demise again, but hopefully be able to welcome it as an old friend who's been patiently waiting for us, ready to reunite.

J. x

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Graham Parker

Wed 19th Jun 2019 14:32

This reminds me of my thoughts on the twin that never made it.

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