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Death
Has a timid heart.
He’d kindly ask before
         He visits;
Only he’s neither voice nor breath.

So when
He knocks upon the door of your soul,
Don’t presume he’s so sinister.
         Just say hello.
Written by Frank Jaspers.
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doolhoofd Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017
skull emoticons death by pistraDeath In Samarkand skull emoticons death by pistra
Taken from Seduction by Jean Baudrillard

"Consider the story of the soldier who spots Death at a crossing in the marketplace - and believes he sees the Reaper make a menacing gesture in his direction! The soldier rushes to the king's palace in terror and pleads the king to lend him his best horse, so that he might flee during the night, far from Death, as far as the distant Samarkand.

After his hasty departure the king summons Death to the palace, and then reproaches him, for having frightened one of his best servants. But Death, astonished, replies: "I'm terribly sorry Sire; I didn't mean to frighten him! It was just that I was so surprised to see this soldier here, when we have a rendez-vous tomorrow in Samarkand!"

Full .pdf @ pactac.net/books/Seduction.pdf
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Kitty-Kat--89 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this ! i think the darker poetry speaks better than the happy go lucky stuff
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SandWren Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Student Writer
I always love the idea of Death being warmly welcomed. 
I'm binge reading a lot of your poems (just a heads up) and I love your voice. I also love the way you use imagery. Keep up the good work! 
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017  Professional Writer
Thanks. Feel free to binge read as much as you can. :)
I have some old journals on poetic techniques too,
if you are interested. 
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SandWren Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Student Writer
That actually sounds really interesting. 
Can I find these on your profile? : 3
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Professional Writer
Yeah. They are in my journal, if you're interested. :)
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sanatos89 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017
It really makes me wonder if we could ever perceive death as a friendly force instead of an hostile enemy to fight against..how different things would be in this world.
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Writer
The world would be fundamentally different, I believe. 
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DNeye Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
It's absolutely cute and nice, despite the theme.
Really enjoyed it.
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Writer
Thank you!
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Amizore Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Oh wow! This is so smoothly and well written, Frank. :D
The tone is very welcoming. This is a nice perceptive, since it opposes the cruel Death that most of us see. 
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Professional Writer
Thanks! Yeah, it is one of my more popular poems.
I really wasn't expecting it
I almost never can tell!
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Amizore Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, that is the one of the magical things about writing. 
You never know what's going to happen until you put your pen to work. :D

The title is also so well named, very appropriate and fitting for Death. 
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Professional Writer
I'm amazed by the amount of appreciation it has received!
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Amizore Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I, however, am not surprised that it has received so much favourites. :p
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Professional Writer
Lol, well I'm glad you have so much confidence in me!
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Amizore Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
but of course! <3
You are very talented, and deserve all the appreciation you can and will get!
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Writer
Thank you thank you. :)
You're always so nice. 
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Kathleanore Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017   Writer
So true.
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Professional Writer
Glad you like it!
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BlizzardBlitzer Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017   Writer
This reminds me of Hemingway's Snows of Kilimanjaro.

Though death was certainly portrayed as more oppressive in that, the quiet acceptance of the inevitable seems similar.
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Professional Writer
I like Hemingway, but I haven't read that one yet.

Thanks!
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BlizzardBlitzer Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017   Writer
It's a nice little story, and you are most welcome, friend.
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SenoritaBlack Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016  Professional Writer
Thanks!
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SerenWild Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice. You made Death a kindly soul. :)
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016  Professional Writer
Yep, Death gets a bad rap!
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SerenWild Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor Death; so misunderstood. ;) :D
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bls35mm Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
HELLO! .... VERY well SAID and written! ....

I 'hear' that DEATH is STILL 'UN'-Defeated ....

On ONE level, it gives me a SATISFACTION ....

That ALL those who 'walk' this earth and who are JERKS
and other words I won't type here, will ALL END UP
just like all the GOOD peeps ....

"DEATH - The GREAT EQUALIZER" ....

On a 'lighter' note:

A litle 'ditty' I created awhile back .... SMILES ....

My BEST again, brian

Oh DEATH Where Is Thy Sting by bls35mm
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Professional Writer
Thank you very much for your support and your little 'ditty.' :)
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MarioKonga Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016
So basically...suicide?
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Professional Writer
No. It has little to do with suicide. 
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NikuComics Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
More people need to understand this
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Edited Dec 19, 2016  Professional Writer
Very true. But it is hard to learn.
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NikuComics Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
It wasn't hard for me
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TheseWingsofDarkness Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. I love it.
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Professional Writer
Thank you very much!
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TheseWingsofDarkness Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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MekaelMahariel13 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very beautiful. :)
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Professional Writer
Thank you! That is a nice thing to say. 
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Sad-Sonnets Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016
I love
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Professional Writer
I'm glad. Thank you!
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Princesscsc Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Nice poem. It's great!!!
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Professional Writer
Thanks. :) I'm glad you appreciate it and put it in your new group. 
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Princesscsc Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah it's great!!!
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nicely written, and a soothing message.
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Writer
Thanks. 

It is one of those things one is better off accepting than fearing. Right?
Don't fear the reaper. lol
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. Logically.   I guess the real test will be when it actually comes for us.   Me?  I hope I'm asleep when that happens. :lol:
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Frank-Jaspers Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Writer
Quick and painless is best!
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