Sometimes, when the winds are blowing through the pines, the full moon lights up the hills with its spotlight glow, I hear the owl calling from the trees, and know someday he’ll be calling my name, and I’ll have no choice but to go on that universal journey that marks the end of our lives. My body will join those of billions who have gone before me, and will become one again with the building blocks of new life. Though I have been promised more, the only continuity of my existence of which I am certain is the repository of memories I leave behind in the lives of those who have intermingled with mine. One of the guiding principles with which I was raised is that for a life to have meaning, it should strive to provide a positive benefit to another living being. In that vein, I found resonance with the following poem. Be well, and enjoy your weekend.


Orchid Food


Sure, daisies may be the friendliest flower

but I don’t want to push them up forever.

Order or atoms? Philosophers ponder

all to conclude that it just doesn’t matter.

As for my own atoms, I think I would rather

become orchid food – not the pink packaged powder

that sits on my sill crying out just add water

but jungle germ, wedged in the crotch of a monster

mahogany, I am an epiphyte’s dinner.

Flat, thick leaves sprout from me, sacks of green leather,

pink moons, pastel moths hang from rope ladders

by dozens and hundreds for one to gather.

Although gone for good, I persist something greater:

I am become Phalaenopsis, filigreer

of worlds.


Clayton J. Baker



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22 Responses to Afterlife

  1. Beth says:

    I don\’t want to push anything up.  Just scatter my ashes where you will.
    This post has given me something to think about.

  2. Jane says:

    In nature there is perpetuity, I suspect for humans too. Whether or not life\’s end is final…leaving the here and now better than when I entered it….to me, is essential. Blessings to you and yours.

  3. Sarah says:

    wonderful words, thanks for sharing them.

  4. Marge says:

    Your words stir thoughts which have already been with me for a few years now, Jorge; mortality draws nearer and seldom allows me the luxury of a trivial thought. Just about everything I see and hear carries lessons, meanings, and portents. Sometimes the beauty I see around me overwhelms me and I think I shall miss sunsets, bird song, wind in the trees, and all the other sensual joys of this lifetime. Then I wonder, what other kinds of beauty are there?
    What unimaginable joy awaits when this world is done with us?
    The poem was beautiful; thank you for sharing it…
    Again you have left me smiling…and thinking…
    As ever,

  5. Stephen Craig says:

    Jorge,  FIRE is a very good post.  Never know when one must get and go leaving all the stuff behind.  AFTERLIFE is a stronger post as it causes pause for the reader.   To me, Afterlife has ever been and ever shall be a part of the All.  A simple concept.  ALL is every thing that has ever been and ever shall be. 
    As ever be well, My Friend,
    In the time between I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. sweeti's says:

    Hi Jorge
    The afterlife..I think  a lot abt it..Is this life IT??? Hmmm.
    But we can make THIS life wonderful and positiv for others and ourselves.
    So many cultures are working on the afterlife in the NOW.
    we were in Sulawesi Indonesia.
    From the day they are born The afterlife is in their daily presence  ( my english is not that good Jorge
    Hope u understand what i try to
    enjoy thanksgiving
    Lots of love for u and ur family

  7. dawn says:

    RE:your comment, my reply  im guessing here, that sleep is divinity itself? dp.S:i agree with most of all you\’ve said above and have i told you dear Jorge i like what your eye sees and your thought patterns very unique though when commenting usually go for one hit it like Bamspot!

  8. Zeynep says:

    I am influenced your words morei than the poem.
    Have a good Sunday, love and peace, Zeynep xx

  9. Deborah says:

    I totally agree with what you said in your opening thoughts.  It is important to impart something of ourselves to those we love that will be remembered, cherished and perhaps linger to the next generation.  I wouldn\’t mind feeding orchids either.
    Blessed be.

  10. Joe says:

    Hey J,Thanks again for food for thought.  Just stopping in to wish you a happy Thanksgiving.  Even with the bad economic climate, I realize I have sooo much to be grateful for.
    — Joe

  11. xxJackiexx says:

    Hi Jorge, thanks for popping by and thank you for allowing such a read, I do hope you are well on this cold, but snowless day :-0 .. Take care.. Warm hugs Jackie x

  12. Fenix says:

    Hello Jorge:
    Orchids should wait !!!
    I hope that parts of my body survive me. I shall give my organs to compatible people that need them
    Have a nice week.

  13. Kathryn says:

    I love the comment you left – better to be lucky than smart — yes …exactlly!!!! *big smile* you gots it….
    Love this post of yours today, too
    be well, Jorge!

  14. Betty says:

    Hi Jorge,
    The poem is lovely, but your words are even lovelier!  I don\’t think I believe in an afterlife, but I do believe in this life and agree that what we leave to those we love is the very best we can do.
    Have a happy Thanksgiving.

  15. J says:

    Hi Jorge,
    I paused to consider the possibilities of orchid food and must say it was appealing. The thought of adding to the beauty of life for others enjoyment is an admirable pursuit. But, Jorge you have done it again. The profundity of the post is the realization that I have nowhere to lay me down. Therefore, I have made reservations in the local potters field. Windows live spaces, going places I’ve never been!
    Thanks Jorge,

  16. Lisa says:

    What a charming, thought provoking little piece.  A good find, indeed. 😉  I\’m sure you\’re depositing many tender memories into your loved ones\’ lives. 😉

  17. PJ says:

    Good Morning Jorge,
    Love this line>> "One of the guiding principles with which I was raised is that for a life to have meaning, it should strive to provide a positive benefit to another living being." Just beautiful!
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving, my Friend. Hope to see you back here soon.
    Until next Time..Keep Smiling.

  18. Kathryn says:

    Just stopping by to say hello and happy thanksgiving holidays to you – 🙂

  19. Michelle says:

    Again, Great words here.
    I think we all hope to have enriched and left behind good memories that last when we have passed on.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your whole family!

  20. Cheryl says:

    Love your philosophy and agree…what we leave behind tucked away into the existence of another is what lives on…

  21. Jana says:

    Hi Jorge!I have been thinking about purpose of living lately a lot! And here you go, your post. 🙂 Maybe something is in the air. Those kinds of thoughts flitter around us. I still don\’t know the answer why we are here. The only thing I know is that we were born and one day we will die and hopefully we will leave some good mark on the earth.

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