Age of Jahiliyah

A blog of wide and varied interest, including Islam, Muslims, Poetry, Art and much more.

Wilful Testament by Bruce Dawe

After this life, this life,

however long it be

there’s one thing left to give

before eternity

— one last earthly gift

to offer with my last breath

however it should come

I give you, love, my death


Whether it be by accident

or by some strange design,

whether it be in a hospital bed

or a bed at home, that’s fine,

I offer it to you now

before that moment comes,

but you know how clumsy I am

(all thumbs, my sweet, all thumbs)


so if you should receive it

as in a waking dream

(broken, scratched, abandoned)

things are not what they seem

— it was given in a time of plenty

shining, joyful, new

— consider it in that semblance

when my death is given to you


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