September 16, 2019


we live and living

know we also die

each instant of existence

but the

enjoyment of the gift

and the

deferment of its curse

to an ambiguous morrow


our entire lives a struggle

against an inevitable defeat


and yet

this most precious of gifts

this most incredible of all good gifts

is endangered

is in imminent threat

death stands too nearby

far too many would see it end

at their whim rather the will of God


they would end it before its time


before its had a chance to say its excited “Hello!”

before its had the time to say its final “Fare well!”


We Live
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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