Cherish brevity. Covet not quixotic.


Our fists clenched, shaking ’em at the sky,

with a flood of irrational emotions, we cry.

Damn this existence of human life’s brevity,

We marvel the idea and covet longevity.

What would we do with an eternity, if we had it all?

We couldn’t enjoy memories, there’d be too many to recall.

Truth being, the only way you can appreciate life, or love anything,

is the notion that you can easily lose it, as it dangles from a string.

It’s just a fact that you long for more time only because it’s not infinite,

If you could say “I love you” for eternity, would you ever really say it?

It’s just the way it goes and there’s no way to stop the motion of science,

the stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and vital acceptance.

As we grieve the end of a loved one’s journey,

hopefully, you spent that time as you both had wished,

as you recall all the great times, that used to be,


if forever were possible, it may not have been so cherished.



ยฉ 2018 Joseph Emerson @


  1. Oh yes, I would say “I’ll love you for eternity”. But, sadly it seems that my eternity is always longer than those I seem to love. Perhaps more proof that vampires do exist… To loosely quote Anne Rice she said in an interview that inspired a poem I wrote a while back, “Vampires, ghosts, and werewolves are nothing more than those who walk on the sidelines of life.” I found that concept so profound that it inspired an epic poem I wrote about my entire creative existence.

    And then I would ask you to ponder this…. What is eternity??? How long is forever? In real life I think we can fall in love hundreds of times, but in literary terms it is much more appealing to imagine one love for all of eternity. Now that is the stuff of which dreams are made!!!

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  2. Hits me in so many ways. You said :
    “Damn this existence of human lifeโ€™s brevity,

    We marvel the idea and covet longevity.

    What would we do with an eternity, if we had it all?

    We couldnโ€™t enjoy memories, thereโ€™d be too many to recall..”

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  3. Such a beautifully crafted poem. Yes, it is really true the would have cherished the life and it’s moments so much had it existed for infinity. Loved these lines”if forever were possible, it may not have been so cherished.”

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  4. Joseph, this is a beautiful reflection on the human experience. The power of awareness, (when I can be conscious of it) of my life ending on a random someday, makes my day glorious. Your wonderings about infinity are appreciated.

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