Death too Near

we too often live

with the illusion

of immortality


we can not

visualize our end


then Death

creeps in

to kin or friend


too many people

have died this year


relationships that had

been vital — have died

soured on the vine of jealousy


I am alone, but

I don’t fear death —

only a life

not fully lived


I despise the


of aging


but I will not hide

beside my fireplace,

in the sanctuary of home


I will still climb



I will walk in

unknown lands


I will soar to

every dream

and savor

each morsel


though Death

may shadow near


I hold no fear


Only the fear

of a life not

fully lived


Namaya Oct 25. 2016



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