Our Names

When I first heard about death, I was intrigued.
The unknown will always fascinate us more
than whatever it is that we think we know.

In my town, there’s a dance studio directly adjacent
to the local cemetery. I smile at that juxtaposition
whenever I drive by on my way to the wine shop.

As many as eighty million died in the last World War.
They were just proxies in the internal battle between
two perpetually warring aspects of our own being.

We alternate back and forth between fear and love.
All of our politics and religions are mere reflections
of that struggle to determine which shall rule us.

Before we were born we all had beautiful names, which
we forgot as soon as we arrived here. All of the ensuing
confusion will finally end once we remember our names.


About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: http://www.pbase.com/1heart Essays on the Conscious Process: http://theconsciousprocess.wordpress.com/ Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: https://feelingtoinfinity.wordpress.com/ Verses and ramblings on life as it is: https://writingonwater934500566.wordpress.com/ Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: https://themindthatneverwas.wordpress.com/ Verses on the Play of Consciousness: https://onlydreaming187718380.wordpress.com/ Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: https://themysteriousexpanse.wordpress.com/ Poems of the Mountain Hermit: https://snowypathtonowhere.wordpress.com/ Love Poems from The Book of Yes: https://lovesight.wordpress.com/ Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: https://travelsindreamland.wordpress.com/ Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: https://freetransliterations.wordpress.com/ Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: https://westernmystics.wordpress.com/ Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: https://spiritguidesparrow.wordpress.com/ Thank You!
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2 Responses to Our Names

  1. Death has always intrigued me too, Bob. The veil is very thin, at times. (Along with the ironies of how we “live” our physical lives.)
    Though not quite related to death, I thought you might appreciate the similarity of thought on names in this poem: https://raindancepoetry.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/epoch/ .

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