Mere Shadow Celebration of the Old and Dying

Jun P. Espina         2 min read

Updated on February 17th, 2020

The new title of this poem is Mere Shadow Celebration of the Old and Dying, a little deviation from the original “The Old and Dying Don’t Anymore Celebrate” that was published with before I got hacked.

I wrote the following poem for my Tumblr blog years ago as I was encouraged by Tumblr’s image-page format. Tumblr has fallen into disrepute these days, in my observation, as it has allowed nude pictures.

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In 2011, according to news, Tumblr was blocked in Saudi Arabia and in “February 2016, the Indonesian government temporarily blocked access to Tumblr within the country because the site hosts pages that carried porn.”

I decided to changed the title of this little piece since I wanted to give focus on the phrase “mere shadow.”


Mere Shadow Celebration of the Old and Dying

When I am alone, I think of nothing—
Just nothing, just like when I wasn’t yet born;
For I know I’m done with the idea of
thinking about things that don’t last;
Fanciful, but fleeting, a mere shadow—
The old and dying don’t anymore celebrate!

There are greater things the young may dream
Or even come close to risking life and limb—
Just for the joy of having what the mind
has fantasized—the heart has grasped!
But what is fleeting, a mere shadow—
The old and dying don’t anymore celebrate!

Why not use our time for what’s life indeed,
Like searching for the diamonds beyond—
The joy and peace and happy solitude
in the arms of Him who gave us breath?
For what is fleeting, a mere shadow—
Is not God’s plan for you and me to live.

The fear of the Lord is wisdom—
But why are we so lost in our noisy music
and repulsive work of art—why are
we enjoying what’s lewd and weird?
They are fleeting, a mere shadow—
So meaningless as we return to dust!

—Jun P. Espina



About Jun P. Espina

A former educator, Jun P. Espina is a family man, author, blogger, painter, Bible believer, preacher, a lover of books—passionate about many things. He believes life is good when fed constantly with the biblical truth that is wiser than what most people think. Find him on Facebook,Twitter,or at

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