After My Decease

This poem is a reflection on my life's work and the legacy I wish to leave.

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Poem 1 - "After My Decease"

an original poem by Joshua Coffman

When I have said my last good-byes,

And close my eyes in death:

Yet one more chance have I to sing

A song, without my breath.


The words will ring with message loud,

To silence them I can’t

Behind the veil of death I’ll hear

My one last final rant.


What will I say? What will I sing?

A song of glorious mirth?

Or that of gloom? A song of shame?

Or gladdness of rebirth?

Will others mourn because I failed,

To think of them in life?

Will they rejoice because I’m dead,

No longer bringing strife?


What will they hear from me, the dead,

After my decease?

The truth be told, they’ll not hear much

They might not even weep.


My lines I’ll write, within this book

Of mortal life, so frail;

To those who live on after I

Have one last time set sail.

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Thanks for reading "After My Decease" which I wrote sometime during my late teenage or early adult years. If you want to read my first ever poem it is entitled "Mushrooms." (this poem is archived as a different number due to logistics)

If you're not thinking of your death, there is almost certainly someone in your life, irl or in some unprocessed trauma, that wants you distracted from the incredible potential that you have. I don't know what motivates you, but a big inspiration in my life is Jesus and his friends. John the Beloved, Lazarus, Martha and Mary and so many others pulled off one of the most incredible anarchist feats in history. Whether you believe in some supernatural deity or just in the power of humans to overcome social hierarchies and tell new stories and be better humans, the work that the inner circle of Jesus did to undermine tribal morality is incredible.

What passions do you have to give to the world? What stories do you have to tell, what kind of parent can you be? What songs or inventions do you dream up? I challenge you here, be big, be massive, be inspired by the wild reach of your own childhood imaginations to do beautiful and millenia lasting things!


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