“Death is Rich Warrior”

Inspired by Reverend Thompson’s Sermon “Death is a Rich Warrior”

Desc: The Miser haunted by Death playing violin by Frans Franken II 1581-1642 ¥ Credit: [ The Art Archive / Private Collection / Dagli Orti (A) ] ¥ Ref: AA335262

When death comes, who do we become?

Why is death the final line? 

The one that must not be crossed?

Are we afraid of death itself or the things that come after

The lack of access

The loss of human warmth

The presence of grief

The weight of debt

The weight of fate

Plans made that will never be executed. 

Death is a rich man

possessing many means to receive his payment

many accomplices

many friends and supporters.

His wealth a putrid mass 

which many have attempted 

to steal 

to control

to use.

Though in their race to possess him they to fall prey to his powers. 

Now the question becomes, 

who would we be without death?

As time curves our spines and the world breaks our bodies.

The battle of life marks our faces. 

What would we look like? 

Who would we be?

Would our perception of beauty remain the same?

Or would we become more forgiving to the crooked spines of our elders. 

Should not death then be named sweet release?

Passionate lover!

Most forgiving bliss.

Should not death then be hailed as the victor and supporter of innovation.

The corrector of corruption 

and the cleanser of pain?

But alas,

due to the pain that heralds the coming of death;

the aches that wrack the body endlessly,

the weakness of limbs,

the loss of taste.


The grayness of life becomes too overwhelming to pretend the sweet voice of death isn’t calling. 

That it hasn’t become a comfort we yearn for in the darkest hour of the night

and the brightest moments of the afternoon.

When death comes, who do we become?

And if he doesn’t come, how would we live?

“The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

Psalms 90:10 KJV

(May 12, 2020)

Dear Reader,

Time seems to fly whether your doing something pleasant or you’re trying to survive something unpalatable. I recently resigned from the job I got earlier this summer. While there I was able to save some money though it wasn’t all I was looking to save. I came to the realization that there has to be a line, a boundary, of what you consider permissible. What I experienced at my workplace had flown past permissible within two weeks and by the third I was an emotional wreck. By the fourth week I had to leave. Every time I experience something like this, I always try to learn from it. I am eternally grateful that I am in a position where I can leave a situation that is affecting me negatively but, I also know there are others who can’t with that in mind here are some ways to minimize negative stressors:

  1. If you have a faith, pray frequently. I find that in times where I am unhappy prayer can really make the difference.
  2. Reach out, do not suffer in silence. Consider reaching out to other workers at your job or friends and family. This is a toss up sometimes because they may aggravate the issue but if you find some one who is solid being able to vent to them can make all the difference.
  3. If you can, listen to music/podcasts/books to get through your shifts.
  4. Think about why you are doing what your doing. Maybe it’s to provide for your family/yourself or maybe its to reach a certain goal. Regardless of why, focusing on that goal can be a motivating factor.
  5. Finally, move on. If these things don’t work consider looking for other employment. We all have responsibilities, dreams and goals. I want to empower you, there is a place for you where you can accomplish your goals and feel valued and respected.


Ikpemesi O.

Published by Ikpemesi O

Hello, my name is Ikpemesi Ogundare I am a musician, artist and writer. My purpose is to Educate, Advocate and Entertain.

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