The Other Side

What awaits on the other side
After death takes one's breath away
Billions have taken that last ride
Yet what awaits no one can say

A belief is just a belief
It may provide some with solace
And give a measure of relief
But it's not a proof in this case

All persons will know the answer
When death comes knocking on their door
That's all that can be said thus far
And how it may be evermore


(iambic tetrameter)
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Posted: Jan 17
About this poem:
“Strange, is it not? that of the myriads who
Before us pass'd the door of Darkness through,
Not one returns to tell us of the Road,
Which to discover we must travel too.”
(Omar Khayyam – The Rubaiyat, verse 46)

Omar Khayyam was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, and poet.
He was born on May 18, 1048 and died on December 4, 1131.
The verse of his poem quoted was written more than nine centuries ago. The message of his poem still holds today.

My poem, “The Other Side”, is in line with the quoted verse from Khayyam's poem and is not meant to disparage the religious beliefs of anyone.

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Comments (23)

Dan_777
Hi Socrates. I have seen the other side - and I am not a religious person, by all means.
To sum it up, we have two options - depending on the person´s beliefs.
Mizzy4
Hi Socrates,

Very nicely penned... I enjoyed reading this piece..and the historical reference.
It seems that death is a crossing where only one-way tickets are issued.

Regards Mick.


wave
Oceanzest
There's no chocolate on the other side, that's why there are ghosts trying to get back
salamuna
Hi socrates , really deep poem .. interesting topic. I respect a lot the wisdom of Omar Khayyam .. I disagree with Mick about the one way ticket .. but this is a matter of faith and personal experience. just like Dan i saw the other side...nicely penned ..thanks for sharing this. Lily wave
Dan_777
Hello Salamuna wave

On the other side, what you see will depend on your beliefs???

I experienced the "small" death... consciously.
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Hello Daniela

With regard to your statement:

",,,I have seen the other side..."

Could you kindly tell us what you saw, please?
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Mick

In response to: It seems that death is a crossing where only one-way tickets are issued.
So it seems unless it can be shown to be otherwise.
Thanks for your comment.
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Dan_777

In response to: ....I have seen the other side....
Could you kindly tell us what you saw, please?
lovecanberealonline today!
"No traveller has ever returned", (I think Shakespeare said that) - or words to that effect. This poem reads well - I like the nice neat structure used here.....
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oceanzest

Nice comment !!!

Perhaps if we offer some chocolate to the ghosts, they may tell us what lies on the other side.

Thanks for your comment
Take Care
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Salamuna (Lily)

Thanks for your comment.
You said you saw the other side, but it is a matter of faith and personal experience.
Can you tell us any thing about what you saw?
FargoFanonline today!
In response to: All persons will know the answer

Well no, it is the end of knowing,
And many have ceased the knowing
Long before the last breath they drew.
For such, already gone was the world
that once they thought they knew.
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lovecanbereal

Thanks for your kind comment about the poem's structure.
Keep Well.
Bernician
Enjoy. your style.
salamuna
Wel Socrates ..I don't really like to talk about it...but ok..I'll say a few words.I was in a coma then..but I saw myself lying in the bed from outside. I saw and heard people in the next room .. there was a feeling of lightness, speed of flight and freedom. .. before that, I was absolutely a person of science and there was no faith in a higher power in me .. so the things i saw then wwere impossible for me from past,but when I came back to this world, I ve changed completely. Lily
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Bernician

Glad you enjoy it.
Thank You.
EXRED3online today!
Questions i have asked and sought the answer too.

A few times (I thought i felt something ) when someone close passed.
Made me wonder, as i remember my mother saying in science books she read as a child about a rocket going to the moon---it happened.

When you look back in our own lives how man as evolved and new things coming to the fore, it just made me wonder

Was it distress at the time OR ???

I then thought after grieving time had abated slightly, to leave those things alone (if there is another dimension, or whatever i wont be around to find out.

I still think our thoughts feeling etc (when we are not here that is) must go to the collective intelligence of the universe. Probable that keeps me happy and at peace. teddybear
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Sorry enjoyed reading the poem too, brought discussion too
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"Wel Socrates ..I don't really like to talk about it...but ok..I'll say a few words.I was in a coma then..but I saw myself lying in the bed from outside. I saw and heard people in the next room .. there was a feeling of lightness, speed of flight and freedom. .. before that, I was absolutely a person of science and there was no faith in a higher power in me .. so the things i saw then wwere impossible for me from past,but when I came back to this world, I ve changed completely. Lily"

Lily

I genuinely appreciate your comment quoted above and thank you most sincerely.
It clearly was an "out of body experience" in which you saw yourself lying on the bed from outside.
Several persons have reported such an experience which is normally referred to as a "near death experience".
A Google search on "near death experience" will give information about it.
Thanks again for your comment.
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Red

"I still think our thoughts feeling etc (when we are not here that is) must go to the collective intelligence of the universe. Probable that keeps me happy and at peace"

Very interesting comment!
Thanks.
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FargoFan

In response to: Well no, it is the end of knowing,
And many have ceased the knowing
Long before the last breath they drew.
For such, already gone was the world
that once they thought they knew
.

The term “know” in the poem is used in the general sense
There are different types of knowing:
Cognitive
Affective
and perhaps others including “mystical”:
See:



Blaise Pascal says:
“The heart has reasons that reason does not know”

Can a person in a coma “know”?
See salamuna's comment stated lower down.

If you are uncomfortable with the word “know” in the line that you quoted:
“All persons will know the answer”,
you can read it as:
“All will experience the answer”


By the way, my comment about name calling refers to your response to a comment I made in another person's poem which has since been removed where you addressed me as “Silly Man”.
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FargoFan

Where are you?

Three days have passed and I am still awaiting your response to my comment, which I am repeating:


FargoFan

In response to: Well no, it is the end of knowing,
And many have ceased the knowing
Long before the last breath they drew.
For such, already gone was the world
that once they thought they knew
.

The term “know” in the poem is used in the general sense
There are different types of knowing:
Cognitive
Affective
and perhaps others including “mystical”:
See:





Blaise Pascal says:
“The heart has reasons that reason does not know”

Can a person in a coma “know”?
See salamuna's comment stated lower down after your comment.

If you are uncomfortable with the word “know” in the line that you quoted:
“All persons will know the answer”,
you can read it as:
“All will experience the answer”


By the way, my comment about name calling refers to your response to a comment I made in another person's poem which has since been removed where you addressed me as “Silly Man”.
socrates44online today!
FargoFan

I am still awaiting your response to my comment which I have repeated.
I noted you called someone's poem rubbish. That was very rude.
Another person responded to your remark with:
"A very good effort. I didn't know that poems were being graded in this poetry section. Usually critical people are insecure. Just ignore".
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