If We Live Forever

If we live forever,
We do a terrible job of it.

If we live forever,
We should be able
To soar limitless
In or out of bodies at will,
Transcending the
Warnings of pain,
Unfettered in our
Romp through time.

Living forever,
We would remember
All
That we have been,
All that we have done.
Every sensation,
Every wonderful
Discovery.

If we were to live forever,
We would be thinking
Mainly of the
Quality of our survival
As immortals.

We would be protective
Of our freedoms,
Knowing
We would be
Forced ourselves
To live in any
Too clever trap
We created.

We might spend
Less time criticizing
Our surroundings
If we knew they
Were our own making.

We might hate our
Enemies a little less
If we knew they were
The children of
Our children’s children.

No,
If we lived
Forever we
Would not treat
Each other so shabbily.
If we knew
That those we brushed
Aside or blew off
Would come around again
With long memories
Of ancient evils, ours.

If we lived forever
The simple knowledge
Of our living on
Might light our
Lives from within.

 

 

 

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4 Responses to If We Live Forever

  1. Deb Richards says:

    Powerful words. The stanza that knocked me over with a reality check?

    We might hate our
    Enemies a little less
    If we knew they were
    The children of
    Our children’s children.

    …because once you become a grandparent, everything changes. New families are created and you find yourself related to those folks, by way of the child, forever. It doesn’t mean you have to like them but you do hate them a little less, because of the connection. Thanks for this.

  2. Jon Page says:

    Hi,

    If ever I will buy your books.. how will I purchase it…Im in Philippine…is that available worldwde?..I do write too…
    Thanks….nice one men.. I love your writing skills…professional…

    Jon

  3. Jere Matlock says:

    Hi, Jon –

    Thanks for your kind words. My poetry book will soon be available on Amazon Kindle. My other published books (co-written with others) will take a bit more time but are coming as well to Kindle. If you want to get a hard copy of my chapbook “It’s Not What I Thought” then I will mail it to you. Figure it will cost $12 for shipping, and $10 for the chapbook, for a total of $22. You can pay by paypal (send to sales@wordsinarow.com) or by credit or debit card here: https://www.wordsinarow.com/payment.html

  4. Jere Matlock says:

    I visited your blog — your enthusiasm is excellent. English is obviously not your first language (is it Tagalog? or some other language?)

    To learn to write English well, one must READ a lot of well-written English, from the past and from the present. It is not enough to listen to people speak English, or to study it in school. I recommend past American authors Jack London, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemmingway, and L. Ron Hubbard. For past British authors, try Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling. For more present-day authors writing in English try SM Sterling, Charles Stross, Iain M. Banks, C. J. Cherryh, Elmore Leonard, Patricia Cornwell, Stephen King, Connie Willis, and J K Rowling. (Some of my favorites there; although I have to say that Hemmingway can be very depressing to read.)

    What you’ll find in the older writing is a different stylistic approach, and much more polish put on the work than modern authors and editors tend to do, especially those authors self-publishing through Amazon Kindle. The majority of the books I have gotten through Kindle contain frequent typographical errors and grammatical and formatting mistakes. At least when a book is published on paper, it is usually edited by a professional editor who knows the rules of English grammar and also knows how to spell. Such things are reviewed by a team of humans, not just a spell-check program, which won’t find and handle problems like the different and wrong usage of “you’re” and “your”, etc.

    Good luck, Jon.

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