Intimations of Mortality

What you’ve stolen fades away,
Nothing made of gold can stay;
All your silver turns to brass,
All your diamonds into glass.
Look at your reflection fair
In the mirror hanging there;
Peer again, though, and you’ll see
You’re laced with mortality.
Cruel payment’s coming due;
You will have to pay it, too.
All the games you like to play?
Death will snatch them clean away!
Until then, however, know
That you’re free to come and go,
Doing what you like to do—
But on Judgment Day, you’re through!


Poem © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More The Whirligig #275
More Writers’ Pantry #29 at Poets and Storytellers United


Posted on July 19, 2020, in Poets & Storytellers United, Rhyming poetry, The Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. So much…just around the corner… Well done, teach!

  2. Wonderful blend of light-hearted humour and the deeply serious!

  3. Very wise! Very Biblical. i love it! Cheers to your Sunday, MMT!

  4. What we plant, we eventually harvest. And for some, that truth promises a difficult to swallow meal.

  5. It’s nice to think of some repercussions, especially for some of those in the government.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Those are EXACTLY the people I was thinking of!

      On Sun, Jul 19, 2020 at 10:59 AM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  6. Yes they will definitely have to pay it.

  7. Beverly Crawford

    Well, I was tripping along mindlessly, but this dropped me with a thud! I’m hoping my “harvest” is kindly and rude surprises are saved for those who have earned them. Karma is a good plan!

  8. Yup we all, every one of us gotta go. But while we are here we may as well share words love and kindness
    Thanks for dropping by my sumie Sunday today


  9. Best for us not to judge for who in life makes no mistakes at all. Okay Icould do better as well!

  10. Very good Yes we have the freedom to choose how to live but judgement day will be waiting for you

  11. Yeah, Karma seems like a nice idea but am not so sure it’s fair always! 🙂

  12. On what does the beast feed?
    Little more than lust and greed.
    Desiring only to keep the power
    Shouting lies from the ivory tower.
    Gold and silk lined rooms
    All ends in worm filled tombs.

    See how you inspire me, MMT? Thanks for the words.

  13. Thank you for the reminder that a reckoning is on the horizon and I ask for the strength to stand.

  14. Susie Clevenger

    A reckoning is coming. May we be bold and strong enough to weather it.

  15. Light-hearted and scary at the same time.

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