our choice


embrace death

it is everyone’s end

accept the coldness

into your spirit well

before it strikes you

down, go down to it


choose life

to live every day

accept what it gives

with an open spirit

don’t let life slip away

step up, live up to it



“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”  –Deuteronomy 30:19 NIV



Palinode poem where first verse is refuted by second…link to dVerse poetics with Grace hosting today.

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rothpoetry
    May 09, 2021 @ 20:45:36

    I love what you have done with this one and the tied in reference! A twist with a choice death or life!


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    May 09, 2021 @ 09:41:42

    Two parts… you have to accept both (we actually have no choice as humans)


  3. sanaarizvi
    May 08, 2021 @ 14:18:25

    I so love the contrast in your Palinode, Lynn 🙂 Accept what it gives.. yes.. it’s the only way to be 💝💝


  4. Dora
    May 07, 2021 @ 13:17:42

    The verse from Deuteronomy punctuates what you already say so profoundly. “Choose life …” as the palinode exhorts against the earlier “embrace death,” its coldness into the spirit, as opposed to accepting life’s gifts. A clear delineation between two attitudes that lead away from or towards true life.


  5. Ingrid
    May 07, 2021 @ 06:22:13

    I’ll take number two please! Reminds me of what Red said in The Shawshank Redemption: ‘Get busy livin’, or Get busy dyin’ – except the other way around 🙂


  6. kim881
    May 07, 2021 @ 02:10:54

    As I read your palinode, Lynn, I imagined a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. Life and death are the two constants, but for so many not a choice.


  7. Grace
    May 06, 2021 @ 18:15:03

    What a contrast of attitude, embracing death vs. choosing life. I personally would choose life. Thanks for joining us Lynn.


  8. Masa
    May 06, 2021 @ 18:02:12

    A nice mirror image. It’s a straight-forward palinode, but that just makes your impact using it all the stronger. Life vs Death, Action vs Submission, Despair and Hope. Delightful stuff.


  9. msjadeli
    May 06, 2021 @ 17:25:35

    Holding one or the other of these perspectives will manifest a self-fulfilling prophecy. Go for the life, I say! Nicely done, Lynn 🙂


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