Poem – Trying Out Death

Greetings! I write this from the large and lovely continent of the United States, wherein I shall be residing for the next 4 years of my life. You have no idea how weird it is to type that… xD I can’t quite believe that I’m actually here, and that it’s the 3rd weekend in August, and that I’m officially a college student living in a dorm room! It’s crazy. And exciting. And terrifying. And exhilarating. All at the same time… So yeah, my emotions are kind of all over the place right now.

Anyways, to get down to the actual business of this blog post…. 😀 Today I’m sharing with you a poem that I wrote last week. It’s sort of similar to last week’s poem in that it’s inspired by something my Dad said in his sermon on John 4. I can’t remember exactly what he was saying at that time (come on, give this pastor’s kid a break, okay? It’s been a long week. xD) but as I was listening suddenly something he said jumped out at me and screamed ‘write a poem!’. That something was: “If you want to try death and call it life, go ahead.” And so I wrote a poem. I hope you enjoy…!


If you want to try out death and call it life –

Go ahead…


Quaff your golden, poison-filled chalice,

Tip your head and swallow sweet drops of pleasure,

Let them slide thickly down your throat

Like the life blood draining from your veins,

Go ahead…


Draw near to the flickering flames of desire

That warm and then wound,

Leaving only desolate ashes and shadows in their wake –

Reach out and grasp them

In hands that shake and scar

As the light around you shivers into darkness,

Go ahead…


Sing that chorus once more

With your fellow comrades in life,

Roar it louder than the shrieks and screams of those

Who know of the death behind your life –

Sing as you sink, shutting your eyes as the icy flames engulf you,

Lose yourself in the music,

And in doing so,

Lose yourself,

Go ahead…



If you want to try out death and call if life –

Go ahead…


Words are powerful

But they cannot reshape eternal reality.

Eventually the mask will fall,


The ghastly, grinning gape of death

That for a moment hid beneath the shallow bloom what

You told yourself,

Convinced yourself,

Fooled yourself,

Was life.


So, what do you think? I know it’s kind of a darker-toned poem, but I think the message is important… I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Right, I’m off to settle into college life… I’ll be back next week with my first full week of being a college student under my belt! Exciting times… 😀



Author: Hannah

Jesus follower. writer. bibliophile. dreamer.

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