The Battle between Life and Death

Life and Death were once great lovers
Till Death sounded its authoritarian bell
Wanting life to abandon itself to it
To the extent of accepting to be killed
By Death and its end game!

Life then chose to part ways with Death
While, at the same time,
Challenging Death into a plot
In which the winner shall be the one
Who shall keep itself thriving
To reach the summit of eternity!

Life then multiplied itself
In all sorts of forms that it wanted,
It multiplied itself
To the extent of finally invading
The whole of Earth's waters, soils
And even its skies!

Death, on the other hand,
Chose to remain subtle
Appearing only when it felt like 
Its time to shine had come,
Then when it would show its face
To the grieving heart of Life
And say
See, I am the most powerful one
But I won't tell you
I told you so!

This battle between Life and Death
Is still going on
Life, so like a capricious maiden
Chooses to remain blind and denied
Of the truth of its own meaning
And Death, 
From its subtle shadow
Keeps laughing at how it is winning
At each new move
And wonders
When Life
Would finally submit to it
Accepting that
The Truth of Existence
Is nothing else
Than
Death shall rule it
Always and forever!

5 thoughts on “The Battle between Life and Death

  1. amitapaul

    This poem reads like a parable on existence and it’s antonym and shows a morbid fascination with the supposed superior powers of Death over Life

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  2. VijayNair

    A complex but engaging narrative.A philosophical debate between Life and Death! One recollects,in this instance,Emily Dickinson’s ”Calvary’ poem(”Because I could not stop for Death…).

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  3. Pushmaotee Subrun

    Death will ultimately lay its icy hands on all so unexpectedly is a truth that cannot be put aside…so tacitly stated…

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  4. Suma K Gopal

    Interwoven nature of life and death is very well captured – like black and white one does not exist without the other. death happens because of life!
    I too was reminded of Emily Dickenson’s poem – “Because I could not stop of Death”, like Dr. Vijay Nair shared.

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  5. suzette portes san jose

    LIFE AND DEATH IS ONE LINE OF THE ROPE THAT STARTS BURNING BY ITS ENDS UNIL THE DAY IT BURNS ALL ONE WILL NOT EXIST WITHOUT THE OTHER.

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