Treatment & Symptoms

Going all multi-media this week, Sunday Sermons is proud to provide a suitably maudlin soundtrack to accompany today’s meditations on modern mortality. Enjoy.

Treatment & Symptoms

(for Bill)

On reflection

I think I’m more afraid of the Cure

than the Disease.

There’s something obscene about all those

intrusive tubes and wires and cameras

prodding & probing the hidden cavities,

something slightly sinister about

those busy scalpels industriously invading

the privacy of the brain or bowels laid bare.

The Soul revolts at the concept;

Give me Dignity or give me Death!

But the Heart is a Coward,

trapped between two Fears.

I sometimes wish,

as I approach my own Mortality,

that I could let myself believe

in something comforting;

some sort of continuation

of the Self, an AfterLife

or Reincarnation.

But I never liked to kid myself

and now, after all these years,

it’s gotten to be a Habit.

So my best hopeful thought, I guess, is this;

You go back to the Earth,

you rejoin the Whole,

and transformed something new

takes your place.



The Reverend Hellfire is a practised Performance Poet,

former President of the Kurilpa Institute of Creativity

and an Ordained Minister of the Church of Spiritual Humanism

and the Church of the Universe.

Batteries sold separately.



~ by reverendhellfire on February 10, 2019.

2 Responses to “Treatment & Symptoms”

  1. Niel deGrasse Tyson stated that he wants to be buried rather than burned, so that his organic molecules are “given back” to the ecosystem, just as he, whilst alive, partook enthusiastically of these organic molecules.

    • I like the idea of being fed to the birds, like the Parsees used to do in their “Towers of Silence”. The Tibetans did likewise, though they just used a handy ledge so the crows and vultures would have a handy landing pad. Baudelaire, on the other hand,seemed to have a preference for being devoured by snails.

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