Life Is


Life Is


Life is the feel of things.
Fingertips that can trace a satin sheet.
The feel of a cool breeze upon the face.
The feeling of cold from snow or sleet;
Or summer warmth, from the bright sun's rays:
The sun, that bathes the earth in light, with a giving blaze.
The feel of holding a loved one's hand.
The feel of touching a loved one's face.
The feel of life as unspeakable beauty,
Wonder, magic, and miraculous grace.
Life, where the magical self can feel, and have a place.


Life is the smell of things.
From the first scent of the first seen unfolding rose,
Or honeysuckle, jasmine, or any and every flower,
Blossom and bloom.
Fresh-cut grass; the smell of earth after rain.
The fragrance of clover, lying in a field.
The smell of a lover's hair,
Or the scent of skin.
The smell of the bindings and pages of well-read books.
The smell of a loving mother's kitchen, as she cooks.
The aroma of coffee, or the smell of baking bread.
The smells of life can bring up memories from days in years long fled.


Life is the sight of things.
The grand glory of a sunset or of a sunrise.
The bright magic of a black-bordered, shining full moon.
The soul-stirring, beckoning mystery of the night-sky's deep-set stars.
Wonderful sights fill our wondrous brains, through our living eyes.
Works of human art sublime, and works of nature stupendous.
A world of many worlds of sights surround us.
And most splendid of all is the spectacle of ordinary life.
The sight of a small child running in joy at play.
The vision of loveliness that is romantic love's delight.
And the living eyes of all our loved ones that show life's light.


Life is the sound of things.
Birdsong and insect-hums and splashing falls.
A loving mother's lullaby, entrusted in memory's deep heart.
All the songs and music of the years.
The welcome-home happy barking of a faithful loving dog.
A good speaker's sculpted modulating of heart-written words of poetry.
The sound of a lover's voice saying words of love,
Or saying anything at all, magically magnifying mortal life's worth.
The sound of the laughter of a little girl or of a little boy,
Where the magic of our great gift of life sounds out in perfect joy.
The sound of the voice of a lifetime's very best, most precious friend:
Deepest love--friends truly together in heart--feeling life will never end.


Life is the taste of things.
Snowflakes melting on your tongue.
Honey stirred in tea.
Rich, strong coffee.
The sweet kisses of love.
The taste of grains and grapes, of berries and pineapples,
Of peaches, oranges, apples, of strawberries,
And all such blessings of the bounty we may taste.
But time is fleeting, so we would better make haste.
Our life's time is slipping, which we should not waste.


Life is the feel of things, the smell of things,
The sight of things, the sound of things,
And the taste of things.
Life is all the senses of all things; and life has wings,
For all of us--we, who are made of stardust sprinkled from above.
So the time is now--or never--to love life, to live life, and to love.


Written by Michael LP, aka MLP
aka PoetWithCancer, aka PWC, aka Mr. Poet.
In honor and in memory of my lifetime's very best friend--
Who often said to me: "You're the best friend I ever had!" --
The most treasured words I ever heard in all my life, now to recall.
My best friend Brian--the brother of my soul--friend of my heart--
We were--and we are--truest brothers and closest friends,
In heart and spirit and soul and mind.  We were two peas in a pod.
Give this good man, my precious friend, new good life, I pray You, God!
My bestest friend--
Precious Brian.
In treasured memory and deep friendship-love, for Brian.
Completed on Friday, February 11, 2011  3:17 pm PST
Temperature: 63 degrees F.  Humidity: 14%  Forecast: fair
Copyright © 2011 by Michael L.P.  All rights reserved

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stigbohnolsen commented on Life Is


Beautiful, I'm gobsmacked. You have really boiled it all down to essence here, haven't you? Reminds me a bit of something i've written myself *DEPLOY SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION* called "A Dream Shaped Like Home" I'd very much appreciate your opinion of it Michael.

cliftondurant commented on Life Is


truly a lovely written poem yes indeed really heart felt and meaningful thanks for sharing

winterkou commented on Life Is


What a beautiuful write , descriptive ,it takes you on a poetic journey through the senses and just really speaks to the heart.

abuelita1 commented on Life Is


Thank you for opening up a world so beautiful, I want to touch, feel, smell it all. When all is said and done, the footprints in my heart shall continue to be. Thank you, my dear friend!! Love.....SuperAngel

Armadillokid commented on Life Is


wow, this is really good. no wait, its more than good. i was blown away. Armadillokid aka Sydney

Poetry is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

PoetWithCancer’s Poems (224)

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Title Comments
Happy Winter Solstice 1
Seasonal Ring 1
My Thanksgiving 0
God's Word 1
Under the Date Tree 1
A Few More Times 1
Divine and Diabolical World 0
Summer-Brief 2
Seasonal Ring 0
Shakespeare's Birthday and Death 0
Special Brian 0
I Remember Brian 0
Light of Life 0
Pain Has Defeated Me Today 1
The Old, Old Words 0
Home Is Where the Heart Is 0
A Sad Contemplative Christmas Today 0
Moments of Memory; In Memory of Moments 0
Sun and Rain, Joy and Pain: I Miss My Friend Brian 0
Dehumanized and Clinicized--N
Not Full 0
Love, Loss, and Lennon 0
Dying Dream 0
Brian's Pure Love for His Lady 0
Two Loved Ladies Undergoing Surgery Now 0
The Masks Fall Off at Midnight 1
Prime of Life 1
Low Energy and Less Time: And Too Many Things to Do 1
Happy Veterans Day, Brian 0
Happy Veterans Day, Brian 0
Thanksgiving 0
Autumn of Year; Autumn of Life 0
Brian's Birthday and New Year's Eve 0
Under a Constant Star (9/11) 0
Deep Time 0
Is There Anything Out There 2
Classics in the Closet 0
Nobody 0
Feeling the Wind 0
The Wild Doe and the Hunter 0
Happy Birthday, Brian 0
The End of the World: Saturday, May 21, 2011, 6 pm PDT 1
Brian's Special Smile 0
Broken Birth 0
Missing Brian 0
Focus: Today, Happy 0
I Love You, Brian 0
The Ways and the Words of You 1
Stone Cry 0
Amore Immortale 0
Reality and Unreality 1
Lyrical Life 1
Easter 0
Shakespeare's Birthday 0
Friends During Need 1
Death--A Play--or the Final Act 0
Moods 0
I Was Worried About You 0
Song of Life 2
Me 1
Oh Mother of My Life, My Mind, My Heart--Happy Birthday (Sunday, April 3, 2011) 0
Your Money or Your Life 1
Poesis 0
A Last Look at the Moon 0
Tears for Brian: My Tears Spring Suddenly 0
Seventeen in the Past 1
Clusters 1
Suffering and Dying Where Love Is Least 1
Looking at People in a Restaurant, Talking to Brian 1
Brian Cannot Come Back to Me 3
Seven for Heaven: Human Haiku/Senryu, On Two Straight Guys Who Loved Each Other 3
Five Human Haiku (Senryu): Faithful to the Perfect Form 0
The Scream 3
Life Is 8
Following My Friend 3
Small Moments (Written by Patricia, for Brian) 1
For Precious Michael (Written by Patricia, for me) 4
Dream of Life, Dream of Friendship, Dream of Love 4
The Power to Create 4
A Single Fortune Cookie 6
The Meaning of Life 2
Dreamless 3
Prayers 3
Lost Love 2
I Thank My Mother for My Birthday and for Her Wonderful Mother Love 3
Lennon Lost His Life: And Now, So Has Teena Marie 2
All the Way with Part Way 2
Loving, Living, and Dying 6
Dreaming and Seeming 3
Poem Prayer 2
Science, Poetry, Philosophy, and More 2
Super A, Abuelita1--Th
ank You for Your Support, Caring Love, and Understanding
Wonderful Connie 1
Someday-Dying 2
Between Yes and No 3
Love of Life 1
Zappa the Magnificent 1
In the Midst of Life 2
Only One Death 1
Real Illusion 1
The Unknown 1
My Apparently Known Possible Fates in This World 1
No More Me 2
Someone 2
Leaving Life 1
Precious Jade 2
Fear and Grief and Going: Unguilty of the Grave 1
Using and Losing Time 1
Loveless Life 2
Good Life, Good Grief 1
Dreamless 1
Ontology versus Oncology 1
Now Time 2
No Present, No Future: All Past 3
Hippocratic Hell 1
First Light 2
Almost At the Limit [--A Sonnet] 1
Death-Trap 0
Broken 1
Birthday Termination 1
Moments 1
First and Last Cry 1
Love 2
Final Fragility 1
End of the World 1
Tripping 1
Seasonal Ring 1
Gifts that Go and Still Stay 1
Sidney Says: Advice to Poets and All Writers 3
Enthusiasm: God Within 3
Send Me Your Good Will, or Pray For Me--Please 1
Feeling Each Other's Pain 1
Snow Man for a Low Man 0
Explanation of My Poem "As If the Last" 2
New Year, No Love 2
Poetic Form 0
Guilty Pleasures: Not Guilty 2
About Me 1
Live, Laugh, and Love 4
Nothing Special 2
Why a Writer Writes 2
To Sarah Y and Her Beloved Little Boy Who Cries Out: Again! 1
I and You: Unique and the Same 1
Where's the Compasssion in Our Health Care System? 0
Lonely Girl, I'm Feeling the Way You're Feeling: But We Can Both Make It Through 3
Health-Care Reform and Hell on Earth 3
Psyche 3
My Bucket List (For Now) 4
My Most SCARED Moments 2
Children of the Stars 2
Passing Life's Test 1
Why More Now? 1
Remembering My Grandma on Thanksgiving Eve 3
Another Thursday, Another Hammer 4
Thursday's Hammer 1
New Birthday 2
Let Love of Life Light Up the Psyche of Fawn 1
To Angel Eyes: The Wonders of Your Life 1
Regarding the Lack of Fall in Texas 2
Light for the Fight 2
All That I Have 3
Shine 2
As If the Last 2
Here Now 1
All in Time 2
The Exile 2
Incurable and Terminal 4
Tripping 2
One More Tomorrow 1
My Dash 4
One of Two Is Stronger 1
No More Romeo; No More Juliet 1
Friendship and Life 1
Snow and Life 3
Live Spelled Backwards 1
Sarah Y 2
To Fly 2
My Cry 1
Moment of Madness 2
Fall From a Great Height 1
A Memory 1
Less Life; No Loving 2
A Loser, True 2
Time Stop 1
Final Sleep 1
Entre Enfer 1
Flying Life 1
One Would Have Been Enough to Make Life Worth Living 5
Once 3
The Haiku Form 2
Bridge to a Comet--Your Visits and Comments to Me 4
Get Well Soon, Luna Marie 2
Winging It (a human haiku, or senryu) 3
Light Locomotive 2
Skite, Where Were You Today? Where Are You Tonight? 2
Angel's Wings, Angel's Voice 4
Shy, but Not Too Shy 2
High Coo 4
From Night to Night 3
Life's Journey's End--Cut Short by Cancer 4
Love, Light, Life, and Night 2
Fear and Courage 1
Death in Life 3
Unknown Final Fate 3
To Right a Poem 4
Crab-Like Concealed 4
Soon 2
All in the Mind 3
Ebony Shine 3
On My Nephew Naming His First-Born Son After Me 5
Love, Loss, and Lennon 3
Eqinox 4
Feeling My Heart 5
The Best Person I Ever Knew: My Best Friend--Brian 2
In Memoriam, George Difficult 3
Lovers 7
Art 5
Things to Do 4
Plane on Fire 3
Ameliorator 5
Thanksgiving 7
Worlds of Light 24
Failure's Fortress 13
Song of Life (Original Version) 13