"Is Death To Be Feared?": One of the Big Questions included by Simon Blackburn in his The Big Questions: Philosophy. Here is my take for an answer via NaPoMo Poem-a-Day posts (April 4, Poem #4).
A ZERO POINT
He said it first: after this death,
there is no other. It is peremptory.
But a world without a memory,is as final as it can get without you.
Will it be a place where love is free?Magical, except you can’t come back.
The pictures will be on the walls,as mute as the hooks they hang on.
They will not talk to you, they can’t.Even if they could, they would not.
Even if you have become the cobwebwrapped tight on the broken frames,
you would not have been there. No.You are not part of the furniture.
Like dust in abandoned houses, youwill inhabit the nooks and crannies,
and would not be disturbed untiltermites take over. Too late then,
because you are not even a remnantof temps perdu, you are lost in time
and in space; even among the starsand black holes, you are not there.
Like the sound of a single handclapping, you will not be heard.
The first death is always the last.
---ALBERT B. CASUGA