An illustration of Leonidas and his companions devoting themselves to death‘Why This Time, Why This Place?’ by Michael Charles Maibach The Society June 15, 2022 Beauty, Poetry 4 Comments . Why This Time, Why This Place? When I die And leave this land, Please dear Lord Extend Your hand. Extend Your hand To this good soul, Who finds this life Does take a toll. The toll it takes Has many forms, Do this, do that— One must conform. Conform to live In harmony, Or perhaps, instead— In tyranny. Among the rich Life mysteries, Why was I born— My history? Why did you choose My parents, true? Why both Christian— Neither Jew? Why this time? Why this place? Why my mind? Why my face? Why my sex, My height and weight? Why to these friends I gravitate? Before I die And leave this land, Help me Lord To understand. . . Michael Charles Maibach began writing poems at age nine. Since then he has continued writing poems, and sharing them with friends. His career has involved global business diplomacy. He is a native of Peoria, Illinois. Today Michael resides in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. More of his poems are found at www.MaibachPoems.us or on Facebook. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. The Society of Classical Poets does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 4 Responses Russel Winick June 15, 2022 Questions we all ask. Well put. Reply Cheryl Corey June 15, 2022 Great use of dimeter, and the questions that confound us. Reply James Sale June 18, 2022 Why, indeed? The pressure of the question gets ever more intense as we age! Thanks for this, Michael – thoughts that take us back to basics! Reply Lucia Haase June 18, 2022 Very thought provoking. Wonderful write! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.