Life and Death in a Single Breath; Poetry - poems about life

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Poem of the Month

Date: July 19, 2018 (Okay, I missed a month. Life happens)



Restlessness wraps me in her arms

Uncertainty draws me near

Indecisiveness whispers in my ear

“How does it feel to taste the fear?”

Not really knowing how I arrived here

Where the shadows are closing in

I can feel its weight crushing me

Yes, the time has come to pay the price

Shivers run down my spine

Having never thought about it twice

Some believe the fear has broken me

They believe my world destroyed

There is nothing further from the truth

This is merely pain I cannot avoid

The darkness embraces and welcomes me

Closing my eyes I will wait for the Sun

Death holds no power you see

Passing from life is merely the beginning

Restlessness comes to wrap you in her arms

Uncertainty will draw you close

Indecisiveness will whisper softly in your ear

“How does it feel to taste the fear”

What will you do when darkness comes?

How will you face the coming end?

Shivers will run up your spine

You can’t avoid the pain

Or Death’s sweet embrace

August 19, 2007

36 more

It is all I have to give

Would that I had more

More of life

More of love

More to give

If it were sooner

Rather than later

Perhaps there would be more

More of me

More to share

More life

More love

More happiness

More joy


For me, it is too late

For remorse

For second chances

Let alone third or fourth

It was all I had

All that I could give

Give it I did

Without thought

Without regret

Without remorse

Freely gotten

Freely given

Freely taken

Without a second thought

Let alone a third or fourth

On that you have my word

My life, my love, 

That is all that’s left to give

March 2, 2013


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Reviews and Comments

5-stars: M. Grimsrud Reviewed "Life and Death in a Single Breath"; September 5, 2016

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5 Stars Mary_Kathryn Reviewed "Life and Death in a Single Breath"; August 31, 2016

Its wonderful to have it gathered and 

Every time I reread one of the poems or musings in this book I gain a new perspective or insight into myself or into the wrirer...into life itself. I've been a long time fan of the writer and for years feared the loss of his work. Its wonderful to have it gathered and shared. I know new readers will enjoy and gain as much as I have from this book. Hint-reread them at various times. ..sunrise with a cup of coffee or a rainy afternoon and see how they change.

5-Stars: Naoni reviewed "Life and Death in a Single Breath; July 10, 2016

A book worth reading!

The poetry in this book can really make you feel, the emotions portrayed really comes out. You can feel his love for his wife and the pain he has experienced in life. In the book you will read bits and pieces of the author's life so you get a glimpse into who he is that makes you want more of his story. 

Bobbi O. reviewed Life and Death in a Single Breath; July 7, 2016

Some of them I read over and over, getting something different each time, which is really amazing to me.

I received this book as a gift from a friend of the author. It is the only book I own. I was never much of a reader growing up and have never bought a book in my 50 plus years, let alone read one all the way through. When I am reading his poetry I find myself blocking out the world around me. It's something I never expected. I have laughed and cried while reading them. I can't really explain the effect it has on me, other than to say that it takes me away and I feel things I haven't felt before. I keep it on my nightstand and read one or two almost every night before going to sleep. I recommend this book to anyone that likes poetry, and even to those who think they don't, like me before I started reading it. 

Alan rated "Life and Death in a Single Breath" at 5-stars on Goodreads; Sept, 24, 2016

I won this book in a recent Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I very rarely read poetry, as it usually doesn't hold my interest. This book is one of a very few that I have enjoyed and kept my interest until the end. I shall be keeping this book on my shelf to read again sometime. Recommended. 

April rated "Life and Death in a Single Breath" at 5-stars on Goodreads; Dec 12, 2016

It was amazing!

A wonderful collection of poems that held my interest. I would really recommend.

Marilyn Stanley rated "Life and Death in a Single Breath" at 4-stars on Goodreads. Nov 10, 2016