An Everlasting Trade

Imagine how the
Earth would look
With people crammed
In every nook:
There’d be no room
For everyone;
We’d pile right up
Into the sun.
There’d be no food
And so much pain;
You’d beg for just
A single grain.
You’d grow so old
And lose your might
With hope and purpose
Out of sight.
Is this a better
World to you?
Run by a large
Skeletal crew?
Or can you see
The reason why,
Why all of us
Must one day die:
The earth was never
Meant to hold
A population
I hope this makes
A bit of sense,
That life is really
An expense,
A debt that must
Be duly paid
By death in
Everlasting trade.
So live the life
You have right now
And when you make
That final bow,
You’ll know that death
Is just a way
For life to see
Another day.

2019 Β© Sonya Annita Song

50 thoughts on “An Everlasting Trade

  1. So true but mine was a little more light hearted. Perfectly true my friend. πŸ’œ

    1. Just read yours and it is definitely a lighter piece. πŸ™‚

      1. I was working on Nellie McLung. You may have heard of her..😊

        1. Looking forward to your next post! πŸ™‚

  2. How is it that we both wrote on this subject in one night? The Moon?

    1. I guess death is a pretty common theme in poetry. At least we had completely different angles. πŸ™‚

      1. Yes different angles..same basic thought πŸ™‚

  3. Very compact, an almost even splitting of tetrameter couplets. Reading it aloud it invites its own rhythm; it has a plain and engaging pace. I enjoyed this, thank you.

    1. Thank you so much. I’m very happy you enjoyed this. πŸ™‚

    1. That makes me very happy. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  4. So you did put the emojis away long enough to write something.

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    I like the way you presented death as a necessity for rebirth. I don’t think that makes it any more appealing. It doesn’t matter how logical and poetic you make it, most people will still prefer not to die.

    1. Lol yes true enough, but I find it rather comforting. πŸ™‚

  5. I find this perspective of death a confirming one – a necessity for life, part of the everyday cycle and equilibrium of our planet. Tiny parts of such a large cosmos that we are. I enjoyed the rhythm of this poem too.

    1. And by confirming, my auto-correct (and me) means comforting!!

      1. We are on the same page then as I also find it comforting to view death in this way. πŸ™‚

  6. Carried away on a wave of rhyme, rhythm and profound words x

    1. Aww thank you for your lovely words. πŸ™‚

  7. Death comes to us all in the end… True words. Lovely piece.

  8. I loved it..people are afraid of death. Once they come to an understanding that death is not to be feared life will be more beautiful.

    1. It is difficult not to be afraid of death when life is all we have truly known, but I agree with you completely that “life will be more beautiful” when we do not live in fear of death.

  9. Nature has its checks and balances, and I guess aging, disease, and violence (war, murder) is all part of it.Reminds me of an old science-fiction show I saw where the people on one planet were legally required to turn themselves in for euthanasia at a particular age because science had “solved’ aging, disease, and violence.The downside of utopia. (I think it was Star Trek) Death is inevitable, but i wish suffering and violence could be an option we can choose not to endure. I do home care, and watching people suffer with infirmities is painful in itself, yet it HAS helped me see death as a blessing. Your write is a beautiful poem about an often ugly and inevitable occurrence. Brava

    1. I agree that it would be wonderful if “suffering and violence” were things we did not have to endure. However, until the day comes when all of humanity can unite in mutual understanding and compassion, it is an unfortunate reality. I can only hope that there will be such a day.

  10. No curtain calls, so live it well.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

  11. Your poem speaks truth through perfect rhyme scheme and rhythm! So well written!

    1. You are too kind. Thank you for your lovely words. πŸ™‚

  12. Wise words. You stated the truth in such a beautiful expression

  13. I caught myself singing to your words like a beautiful truthful rhyme.

    My favorite lines:

    “The earth was never
    Meant to hold
    A population

    So true. And the possibility of what if (hypothetically speaking) earth gets too populated?
    I know NASA is trying to get us humans to Mars – but even still how safe is Mars for humans?

    You got me thinking and that’s a good thing. My favorite poem of the day. πŸ™‚

    1. Mars may be our only hope for future civilizations. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

      1. Yep. If NASA does find that Mars is habitable and the air be safe to humans then by all means, I’m in.

        1. Hmm, I wonder if they’ll have internet. Somehow I doubt it. πŸ™‚

          1. Exactly. That’s what they would need to figure out for humans. If landing on Mars is interesting enough, what about the Wi-fi? Humans would tear each other apart because we’re so attached to the monolith tech.

              1. hahahahaha!!! wireless fidelity? Love that. hahahaha!!!

  14. I agree. Death is a necessary part of the life cycle. Now with longer life spans and over population, we’re running out of space/renewal resources even with death factored in. I believe in death with dignity not forcing people to live in cancerous pain or vegetative coma state, calling that “living”. Letting go of fear of death is I think, beautiful.

    1. Even death has a purpose, and being afraid does not alter our longevity. “Death with dignity” is a concept that should be accepted by all nations. Well said. πŸ™‚

  15. Very true…I don’t think it’s going make any sense to live forever, I think I’ll run out of ideas or grow tired of doing the same things, though there may not be diseases and accidents that cut short life as we know it, but our pain will take a different shape

    1. I believe it would. Life is only this precious because it is limited. πŸ™‚

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