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Once you have knocked at death’s dark door,
you know there is no guarantor.
So those who struggle to survive,
appreciate that they’re alive.
For those who’ve been exposed to death
‘life’ becomes a shibboleth.
From personal experience,
you know there is no permanence.
If you’ve faced death but don’t succumb,
you build a will to overcome.
You get to know what life can mean,
from where you go and what you’ve seen.
Facing death can be a scare,
but it can make you more aware.
When once your life’s been given back,
you’ll tend to get that life on track.
Sure, you’ll have a scar or two
to show how you have become you.
They are the proof that you have strived
against the odds and yet survived.
You’ll contemplate mortality
and your potentiality.
You start to ponder everything
and wonder what your life might bring.
And if you’re wise you’ll look ahead
to use the time before you’re dead,
to do the things you wanted to
and make sure what you wish comes true.
Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.
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