Death

Your thoughts:

Jeff Shute, Wales: "The following came to mind on the passing of my eldest brother and is for his son and friends:

'Life is short, life is long, life is fun, life is hard, but all we can do is play the game. Keep it real, keep it fun and don’t tell the Bastards they are right or wrong, it keeps them guessing as you move on. xxx'

(The picture is an original taken by myself.)"

Whatever is, matters

Leonardo da Vinci, Italy

It is hard to have patience with people who say, "There is no death" or "Death doesn't matter." There is death. And whatever is, matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter.

Your thoughts: 'The Angel'

Thomas Fitzgerald, Co. Wexford, Ireland: I wrote the following poem after the death of Pope John Paul II, as I felt moved to commemorate this great and wise man, and, that regardless of whether there is or isn't an afterlife as he would have believed, I think he lives somewhere in the image of an afterlife as he saw it and where his legion of followers would like him to be:

One man alone stands here in faith,
This man alone at Heaven's gate,
Peter said, "We're expecting you, sir",
But this man stood still and did not stir.

"What in heaven's the matter?" did old Peter ask,

E Lucevan le Stelle, from 'Tosca'

Giacomo Puccini, Italy

Immortality

Woody Allen, USA

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.

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