OH LIFE! OH DEATH!
Life, so often valueless
Death, still so unfathomable
Living and dying, ah a mystery still.
Birth and death, living and dying
Today you live, tomorrow you die
Ah, the joys of living life to the brim
Oh, the pains of dying at ones prime.
But why toil to live only to die?
Why die toiling when to live reasons abound?
If you live righteous and die today,
You died a good death to live forever
Or so Christianity promises mankind
Allah the All-Compassionate giveth
And Allah the Perfectly wise taketh
Or so Islam consoles the grieving.
But whether empty promises to moderate living
Or worthless consolation to devaluate dying
It’s not in me to doubt or blaspheme
For the rhetoric of living and dying
Still will empirical disputations beg.
by Ibok Ekpenyong – In memory of Sanctus Ajimase