Between Life and Death

April 16, 2016


Between Life and Death

Between life and death
There is a minuscule gap
A gap of a moment
The previous moment you are there
And the next you are gone

It is a matter of breath-
If you are breathing, they call you alive
The second the respiration stops -
You are a thing of the past
Mourners take charge
Until memory fades away

What about the -
Wealth you have amassed
Your struggles to fame
Your sleepless nights
Grievous pain
All gone in vain, within a spur of a moment

Or is it some kind of an achievement?
A completion of a mission
Is there a bigger living to come - that is unknown?
Is there a hidden agenda, beneath the act of life?
Who is the puppeteer behind life’s show?

Each day is a rebirth
There is no guarantee that you will wake up to a new day
Nor there is guarantee that you will survive the day
Hope is the only solace
You have to go on like the tick-tock of a clock
Until your final stop arrives

Thereafter the praises don’t affect
Blames don’t harm
An ignored, could suddenly become a hero
Celebrated all through the life
Now forgotten like a beast
Finally! As you travel to the obscure.



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By Annie Dimple Castelino
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Comment on this article

  • Vincent Rodrigues, Frazer Town,B'lore

    Sat, Apr 23 2016

    You are every thing when you alive but nothing when you die.Know this fact when you alive and prepare for it.Too good and enlightening article indeed.Thank you.

  • Sonam Salian, Udupi

    Wed, Apr 20 2016

    Beautifully described. Thats what one feels Between Life and Death. Feels like you have experienced

  • Nishaine Pinto, Mangalore/Abudhabi

    Tue, Apr 19 2016

    Excellently composed Annie.. thought provoking poem. Keep Writing..

  • Samuel Sadanand, Balmatta/Kuwait

    Mon, Apr 18 2016

    Awesome read...very well written..inspiring n thought provoking too....

  • Stalley dalmeida, mumbai malad

    Mon, Apr 18 2016

    Dimple aunty the poem you've composed is really awesome,its impressive to know that you can also compose with perfection.I have read many poems but this one is amazing,to be honest you can create many wonders in your life, its an humble request do write more fascinating and fantastic poems like this.

  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Apr 18 2016

    Latest: Even my wife has mellowed down on reading this...
    She knew it inside, it seems..but was not able to able to analyse and put it in words seems.
    This is the ultimate!
    Hope she and all like minded dear hearts have this awareness through out.

  • Flosy dsouza, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 17 2016

    Wow it's an excellent composition Annie,. Between life and death, you have tried to express the reality. If all people understand this fact the world would be a better place to live. Well written. Keep going. God bless you

  • Jeremiah , Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 17 2016

    Brilliantly written Mrs.Annie Dimple Castelino. Its simple and elegant .Don't ever stop writing. Would love to see another one of your poems here again.

  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi

    Sun, Apr 17 2016

    “Why do we always begin to think about people when they die? I think we should think about people while they're still alive!

    Yet another thoughtful masterpiece, Annie, a refreshing whiff of spring air.

  • Antony D'Cunha, Permude/Muscat

    Sun, Apr 17 2016

    As always very well written and thought provoking poem.

  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Sun, Apr 17 2016

    Someone said 'You live only once, but if you do it right, once is enough'and travel to the obsucre will be sans regrets. As for the question marks in the fourth stanza, well, various faiths/belief systems have attempted to provide philosophical answers to them down the ages.

  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 16 2016

    Dear Writer,

    Thujem Ani Cast-line is very good and excellent.

    Psalms 144:4 Man is like a mere breath His days are like a passing shadow.

    God bless you dear Annie Castelino.

  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Apr 16 2016

    What a marvel!
    Yes indeed..Just a matter of breath
    to suggest that you are alive.
    There one moment..Gone the next!
    WE read the poem Madam, in all possibilities thinking that it does not apply to us! In fact it's true of every living being.
    It's only if we have this awareness throughout, will our feet be planted firmly to the ground.
    So beautifully depicted!
    Kudos and keep writing.

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