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Is death the end?


Sindiwe Magona - 2011-07-14

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Is death the end?

Odd, isn’t it?
Despite evidence clear
Yet persists the preoccupation:
Is death the end?

Self-appointed king, Man proclaims:
“Exterminate the vermin!”
Scientists and medicine men since time long gone
Study long and hard: ways and means to find
The sentence to execute.

All around, clear and loud the evidence:
After birth comes life, after which
In due course, comes inevitable death.

Yet the preoccupation persists:
Is death the end?

Finally, fear once and for all to allay      
Prophet and Seer proclaim
Though all are born to die
Man shall live again after death
Man has soul.

Isn’t it odd that Man,
Who through all his life
Pursues evidence,
Kills it to prove he is eternal?