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June 16


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Do you ever think
about how
life is just
until you don't?

My friend once told me
that everything you do in life
simply leads up to your death.
Which, I suppose,
is true,
but I like to think of it
as living and living
until death stops you
from living anymore.

"Why do anything in life,"
he reasoned,
"if you're going to die anyway?"

I thought for a moment,
and then replied,
"Why do people send roses
to their loved ones
if the flowers just die?

Maybe everything is
Maybe we should stop
looking for forever,
because we're never going
to find it.

You don't get a prize
for dying.
It would be in your best interests
to live right now,
don't you think?"
ugghhhhhh i'm not happy with this one but i had a conversation w/ my friend about this and i keep thinking about how temporary everything in life is. idk. i wanted to write a good poem but this is just askjfksdjf. poop.

anyway. probably gonna scrap this later. 

copyright me you lil shits
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openskyline Featured By Owner Edited Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But life is so much more than merely breathing. 

Breathing is for wild animals. True animals, beasts who are not developed in the way that humans are. Humans... Humans have something more. Humans can write, for example, and they can wonder. They can hate and love. 

Animals live for the sake of living, they live to survive. THEY live because that is how they are programmed to work. they simply survive, they inhale and exhale until they die, but they don't have a true purpose besides mating and surviving. 

Humans used to be like this, too. Eventually, over many years, we have evolved to become what we are today. 
Humans need something to live for, something more than finding food and reproducting. This is why so many humans die at their own hands. Animals do not commit suicide.

in the end, yes, we all die. Humans and animals and microscopic organisms will all perish together. In the end, it is easy to decide that our lives are nothing and mean nothing and we might as well not live because someday we won't, and it won't matter to anyone that we existed in the first place. 

And yet, somehow, it does matter. It has to matter. Humans, for the most part, truly live. Breathing is not truly living. It's just staying alive. 

(And now the disclaimer. I don't believe that humans are superior to other species or that animals are incapable of feeling. In fact I am in huge support of animal rights, and I think that humans are rather dumb and are trashing the planet a bit. This is just my thoughts on this specific subject and the meaning of life. urrrgrgghhh sorry this is so long and cliche and kinda silly but I wanted to say it.) 

oh, and I really love yor poem. IT makes me think and it is super smooth and well written.
littleblueraccoon Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Writer
This is honestly the most thought-provoking comment I've gotten on this piece. It's very insightful and you make plenty of good points. I especially agree with this idea that humans think differently. To quote one of my favorite movies, The Dead Poet's Society:

"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for."

Life really is an unfathomably complex corkscrew. Whenever you think you've made it to the end, it twists around again. I like that sort of wild unpredictability. But if you ignore all the beautiful twists and turns, you're left with the bare minimum of survival, which you pointed out: breathing in and breathing out until you eventually stop doing either.

Thank you so much, I appreciate the lovely comment! :heart:
openskyline Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So glad you liked my comment. 

I also love the Dead Poet's Society!! And watched it recently in honor of Robin Williams. 
infatuatedsanity Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so lovely
littleblueraccoon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you! :)
SkylarkTheCat Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this, reminded me of Fault in Our Stars
littleblueraccoon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you! :D
SkylarkTheCat Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
CelestialFox13 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This reminded me of "The Fault in Our Stars" and It's really good. I love your poems :)
littleblueraccoon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Writer
Oh, the infinity part was actually kinda inspired by TFiOS. :meow: Thank you, I'm happy to hear it!
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