Saturday, November 30, 2013

Donal Mahoney- A Poem

What Me Worry?

Why be anxious?
Why worry?

If you believe  
one day you will die,
what else matters?

Whatever catastrophe
occurs in your life
it's one of many 
that may occur.

If you don't believe 
you will die, that's 
another matter.

But if you know 
you will die, 
one reason 
to be anxious 
is whether 
there's a heaven, 
a hell or nothing.

If you believe 
there's a heaven
but no hell,  
why be anxious?
You're home free.

If you believe 
there's a hell,
you know if you 
have reason 
to be anxious.

If you believe
there's nothing 
after you die,
no reason to worry.
Covet your neighbor's 
John Deere.

The bottom line?
If you die, 
you'll wake up
some place nice 
or not so nice.
Or you won't wake up. 

Christopher Hitchens 
knows for sure.

Donal Mahoney lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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