I moved to this new region early this year, Friday to be precise. Three months down the line, a neighbour of mine passed away. The cause: Pneumonia. She was bathing in cold water every day, early in the morning.
Yesterday (August 14, 2019) another friend of mine died. I barely knew her but she was living next to where I am working. Together with my students and colleagues, we were speechless at how fast and silently she died. She had an enlarged heart. In addition, she had both the high and low blood pressure condition. It is thought she died due to low blood pressure because she died on her bed the previous night or early the next morning. The body has been taken to be examined to determine the cause of the accident.
Life you are cruel
You have no mercy.
You take the best
And worst of us.
You don’t respect anyone
Whether rich or poor
A male or female
An adult or a child.
You make people fear you
Wondering if they’ll be next
How and when they will die.
The thoughts of you trouble them
Leaving them in an anxious state.
Sometimes, you knock at the door
Long enough to know our time has come
But on other days, you never knock at the door
Not long enough to know our time has come
You come as unexpectedly as a thief
To rob us of our loved ones and friends
Leaving us with tears, heartaches
Regrets and questions that we can’t answer.
You claim people’s lives
In peaceful and ridiculous ways.
Who are you
Or what are you
That people fear you
Because they don’t know if they’re next on the queue
And what lies behind you.
Oh death, how we hate you
Loathe and despise you
But we can’t complain long enough
Or try hard to escape from your grip.
Because we can’t live long
Nor can we invent any technology to defeat you.
It reminds us
That we should enjoy every moment
Living our lives as if it’s the last
Because life is like a passing shadow
It doesn’t linger for long
Isn’t patient enough
To give us more time
To enjoy it to the fullest.
It is but a breath
Like a drop of water in a bucket.
A drip from the syringe.