‘I’ll Never Die’ – Recipient of the International Pen Award for Poetry

I wanted to share with you my award-winning poem “I’ll Never Die”, winner of the International Pen Award. I hope it inspires you to overcome whatever adversity you may be experiencing and to interpret life with a renewed sense of strength and resilience.

 

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 riches,
’till 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,
’till my life appears ‘a jam’.
you can even ridicule me,
of everything I am.
you can fill me with such anger,
that I can barely strain to cry,
but unless you take away my soul,
and How?
I’ll Never Die.

you can regulate my learning,
’till my ignorance is bliss.
confine me of my freedom,
’till 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.

by. E.T. Milligan
from “Images of Life” book of poetry.

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