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Eternity today

Today again news came of a friend's death.
Well, we all have to go,
some sooner some later.

I hope my turn comes soon.

Is it fear of the pain before we die
that makes death so threatening?
Surely there is always euthanasia?

But the dread of something after death
makes that a problem too.
The lights and darks of that other world.

While I evoke in this way
the afterlife, my life today
is so much amiss.

Surely, if I am really concerned about the afterlife,
shouldn't I already begin to live that afterlife,
or rather, Eternity,
today?