Poem: When It’s Over…

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The clock stops, and time itself is still.
The light changes, and yet all is as it has forever been,
in that liminal space of things seen and unseen.
A calmness from without slowly envelopes me.

My mind races. Is it over?

Oh, when it’s over and the pieces on the board are put away,
I ask myself, ‘Did I do good?’.
‘Did I live my life as I should?’.
And do I look forward to more than just physical decay?

My mind races. Is it over?

Oh, when it’s over and the pieces on the board are put away,
I ask myself, ‘Have I lived life to the full?’.
‘Did I live a life that’s worthy, or one that’s only ‘cool’?’.
And do I look forward to more than just what people, about me, say?

My mind races. Is it over?

Oh, when it’s over and the pieces on the board are put away,
I ask myself, ‘Have I made the world a better place?’.
‘Did I live not just for myself, but in community as part of the whole human race?’.
And do I look forward to a new and bright-dawning day?

My mind races. Is it over?

When it’s over and the pieces on the board are put away,
I ask myself….No! My thoughts are interrupted, and I hear the Voice from the distance that asks of me…
‘Are you the one who struggled, cried and laughed,
the one who cried out in your darkest night when you couldn’t see?’.

My mind is calm. Bathed in light, bathed in love. It is over.

I bowed my head and shed a tear.
And replied, ‘Yes, Sir, I called. That was me! ‘.
The Voice, now closer, lovingly said,
‘Then you can look forward to a new bright day, a throne by mine and life anew,
life that’s full and never-ending, too.
This is not the end, but a return to the beginning for all.
You came when I called,
for it was I who called you!’.

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