The Most Tragic Experience of Life

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You think the day he gives you his terrifying smile

is the day of parting with the world.

But it is actually the day of gathering with the angels.

You think the day he knocks on the door to your soul is the end of life,

But it is actually the beginning of another life.

You think he is the greatest enemy of life,

But he is merely a reliable messenger of Life

Who wants to remind you that you are no one

but a wayfarer on the road of life.

In a sacred communion,

he shakes your hand and introduces himself as β€˜Death’.

At once you think that your acquaintance with death

is the most tragic experience of life.

But death is not the most tragic experience of life

For the most tragic experience of life is

what is dying inside us while we remain living.




55 thoughts on “The Most Tragic Experience of Life

  1. Mmm. Good thoughts. Reminds me of that quote by Oscar Wilde: “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

  2. so true…
    “But death is not the most tragic experience of
    For the most tragic experience of life is
    what is dying inside us while we remain
    these lines are so powerful,which makes me to live this moment,makes me to think”atleast don’t die when you are alive”

    your blog is awesome

  3. death is just as much a part of life as birth. it is sacred, too. like you say here, the true tragedy is when that which should be flourishing is dying – the Light of Love, a term you’ve introduced me to.

    1. Yeah Meggie, you’re right, death really is a part of life. I still think its a sad part though:( Oh well, it is the memories that count and the feeling when we have when we think about the people we loved and lost. What a heavy, but beautifully written piece, Subhan. Thank you so much for writing and posting!

  4. I somehow missed reading this one before so am indebted to the many who delve back into archives and bring things to my attention. The last sentence is a powerful finish to your poem.

  5. very very very beautiful
    deep understanding about the Death.
    When Death meets, Say Hello
    .while leaving the world, say Remember.
    You beautifully narrated the lines of Death.
    I wish you all the best and a beautiful happy and prosperous life
    with regards

    1. Yes yes, I sure will! πŸ™‚ There is a lot of interesting beautiful stuff on your blog i’m up to checking out soon!
      Still no admin answers to my comments issues πŸ˜€
      Waiting πŸ™‚

  6. Again I have to say that your writing is very deep and meaningful!
    Whenever I read something written by you, I learn and experience something new, or some unexpressed words inside me taking form.

    keep it all up πŸ™‚
    Happy New Year and happy blogging πŸ™‚

  7. Hello Subhan,
    This is my first visit to your site and I have enjoyed much of your work. This piece is especially meaningful and true. I have met the messenger personally several times and each time he only greeted me and passed by. You write very well.

  8. Aku harus duduk manis, membaca dan menikmati karya anda…..Indah…, sangat indah
    Terima kasih banyak Subhan.

    Salam hangat,

  9. A wise voice speaks again and it is true that how we live our life while we are here is that which can be either tragic or wonderful. Thank You!

  10. There once was a TV show that was about several angels visiting earth, and one of them was the Angel of Death. But the form was that of a man, a man wanting to help, a guide. We will not know what is on the other side until we ‘get there’. So I think making heaven on earth while living is a good goal. πŸ™‚

  11. Death….
    a tragedy for the living…heart-breaking…
    Life for us must go on….with memories remains..

  12. Subhan the ultimate truth of life is our last day on this planet and not “what is dying inside us while we remain living”.
    Cheers you are wise.


    1. Sorry I meant the other way around πŸ™‚ The ultimate truth is NOT our last day but β€œwhat is dying inside us while we remain living”.

  13. Subhan, This is one of the best I have read from you. I shared it on my FB page at Inspiration Import. Beautiful and timely with the Grim Reaper shot!

    You will find the same comment from my WP account in Spam (will you remove and approve it please? thanks so much)

  14. Loved your wise closure Zein; living-dead should be feared most….death isn’t frightening & as Hellen K. best describes it: “Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know! because in that other room I shall be able to see.”

  15. Beautiful words, beautiful thoughts and beautiful truth,
    Yes, death is only the next step , the transition to another form of existence, In a world of a loving creator, why would death not be profoundly beautiful.?..
    I hope the journey you refer to is one of deep understanding and fulfillment, wherever it takes you.,

  16. Mas,

    Mungkin bisa minta tolong untuk diberi penjelasan bedNya mind dengan thought kalo misalnya diterjemahkan ke bhs indo. Trims

    Salam Luhur

  17. My mother passed away last month. I was her home hospice care nurse for last 6 weeks of her sudden, unexpected and rapid explosion of cancer. I was astonished at despite the haze or morphine and having one foot in death she remained as long as she could and communication her love as best she could. Half an hour after she died a tear formed and fell from her left eye. I am convinced there is a link to the other side after this personal experience.

  18. Such depth of thought, Subhan. I tried to think of my son ,my mother, my best friend…others I have lost and think of the indescribable pain I feel every day without them. I have always wondered if death, even heaven or an after life is simply the absence of pain. Very nice work! beebeesworld

  19. Wow. THis is great Subhan. Wonderful writing (again). The last 3 lines really ring true.

  20. Such a powerful entry. Wow. I love:
    “But death is not the most tragic experience of life
    For the most tragic experience of life is
    what is dying inside us while we remain living.”

    You have summed up so much in those lines. Thank you. I love this blog. I enjoy your writing tremendously.

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