Alan Rickman Reads Poem If Death Is Not The End

Jan 14, 2016, 01:39 PM
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Alan Rickman reading Robyn Hitchcock's If Death Is Not The End, recorded at Robyn' 50th Birthday party. (Thanks to @scruss @wojsvenwoj.)

"If death is not the end, I'd like to know what is.

For all eternity we don't exist,

except for now.

In my gumshoe mac, I shuffled to the clifftop,

Stood well back,

and struck a match to light my life;

And as it flared it fell in darkness

Lighting nothing but itself.

I saw my life fall and thought:

Well, kiss my physics!

Time is over, or it's not,

But this I know:

Life passes through us like the blade

Of bamboo growing through the prisoner pegged down in the glade

It pierces your blood, you screaming head -

Life is what happened to the dead.

Forever we do not exist

Except for now.

Life passes through us like a beam

Of charcoal green - a golden gleam,

The opposite of how it seems:

It's not you that goes through life

life is the knife that cuts your dream

Around the seam

And leaves you turned on in the stream, laughing with your mouth open,

Until the stream is gone,

Leaving you cracked mud,

Not even there to be absent,

From the heartbeat of a dying fish.

In bed, upstairs, I feel your pulse run with the clock

And reach your hand

And lock us with our fingers

As if we were bumping above the Pole.

Yet I know by dawn

Your hand will be dry bone

I'll have slept through your goodbye,no matter how long I wake.

Life winds on,

Through Cheri and Karl who can no longer smell chocolate,

Or see with wonder wind inflate the sail,

Or answer mail

Life flies on

Through Katy who was Catherine but is bound for Kate

Who looks over her shoulder at the demon Azmodeus,

And sees the Daily Mail

(I clutch my purse. I had it just now.)

Life slices through

The frozen butter in the Alpine wreck.

(I found your photo upside down

I never kissed a girl so long,

So long, so lovely or so wrong)

Life is what kills you in the end

And I can cry

But you won't be there to be sorry

You were made of life

For ever we did not exist

We woke and for a second kissed."

Alan Rickman 1946 - 2016

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<user-5006573> - 3 months ago

Thats beneficial

L.A.B.1

L.A.B.1 - about 1 year ago

He may have known, and left us all this lovely gift.

LOUISJRANTONETTE

LOUISJRANTONETTE - over 1 year ago

I just lost my wife, my lover, my life. Yes, "for ever we did not exist , we woke and for a second kissed."

innosaint

innosaint - almost 2 years ago

Am gonna miss you now mr. Alan Rickman