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I'll Never Die

Updated: Jun 25

by E.T. Milligan from the poetry book ‘Images of Life’



I'll Never Die  you can strip me of my wishes.  you can take away from dreams.  you can thirst me of the waters,  by contaminating streams.  you can rob me of my richness,  untill I'm homeless bare and wry.  but unless you pierce my fighting heart,  and How? I'll Never Die.

E.T.Milligan is the recipient of two national poetry awards: the International Pen Award and Poet of Merit and the Editors Preference Award.  His inspirational poem “I’ll Never Die’ has been engaged by over 150,000 readers on social media, shared over 11,000 times and translated into 10 languages. His poetry has been published in nine national poetry anthologies


I'll Never Die


you can strip me of my wishes.

you can take away from dreams.

you can thirst me of the waters,

by contaminating streams.

you can rob me of my richness,

untill I'm homeless bare and wry.

but unless you pierce my fighting heart,

and How? I'll Never Die.

 

you can blind me of my vision,

untill my life appears in a jam.

you can even ridicule me,

of everything I am.

you can fill me with such anger,

untill I can barely strain to cry.

but unless you take away my soul,

and How? I'll Never Die.

 

you can regulate my learning,

untill my ignorance is bliss.

confine me of my freedom,

untill captivity's remiss.

deplete my cultivations,

of resources which I rely.

but unless you disembowel my will,

and How? I'll Never Die.

 

you can take what I consider gold,

and tarnish it into rust.

disease by body tissue,

and cast it into dust.

expire life as swiftly,

as the blinking of an eye.

but unless you take me from my God,

and How? I'll Never Die.



Copyright © Edward T. Milligan, 2005

All rights reserved.



I was inspired to write this poem after the death of my wife and college sweetheart, who passed away tragically while waiting on a transplant. The words came to me in a time of grief and sadness. Yet, deep within me, was the power of strength and resilience. I decided to share it with the world to help others who were struggling with adversity and something that would uplift their spirit.


 

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