BOO! Here’s a little something for Halloween.
O Death you lurk these sterile halls
I hear you whisper through the walls
So patient though
Because you know
One day you come to claim us all
I’ve spent time in hospitals
Heard the doctors’ coded calls
Seen them fight
Against your might
The best they’ll ever do is stall.
Your favorite friend is pestilence
The virus we’ve no proof against
Loosed on us
Airborne like dust
Infecting all the populace.
O Death I’ve seen the sick and frail
Crossing themselves to no avail
Are you God’s tool?
Did you kill Him too?
Is that why all these prayers fail?
I wonder if you even hear
The fevered pleas from those who fear
Your soft approach
The words unbroached
What’s left unsaid as you draw near.
The rooms you passed are darkened still
Though sunlight warms the windowsill
Where tears are cried
And never dried
And you don’t care and never will.
And others you refused to take
Lives trapped in a broken state
Suffering a helpless fate.
O Death you call men out to war
You tell them how much we adore
A soldier’s death
The last honor left
The only death worth living for.
But when pieces of their bodies lie
Scattered about them you deny
The last request
You could bequest
You will not simply let them die.
I wonder if you like your work
When I see your duties shirked
Do you feel glee
Or is pain your job’s only perk?
O Death you play a wretched game
You linger just outside of frame
So we forget
Because you let
Us think you have forgot our names.
But no, you linger chafing close
You’ve nodded to me each of those
Times I fell
Or was unwell
But those were not the time you chose.
So I have waited out your flu
I know what modern weapons do
I won’t be fooled
By your ruse
I won’t be led astray by you.
I’m sure those words you’ve heard before
I’m sure my pledge will be ignored
It’s your life in fact
you’ll take it back.
I wonder what you’re waiting for.
For I know time is on your side
You need simply to abide
As all my years
Add to my fears
That soon my heartbeat will subside
O Death I know you long to see
The last breath taken out of me
You mock my rage
Against my age
And tease me with longevity
I met you once, if you’ll recall
In a pool when I was small
I was pulled back to tiled wall.
But I think I have always known
I’ll lose my life to undertow
Swept out to sea
Where you’ll claim me
Because that’s how I fear I’ll go.
But somehow I can’t stay away
From the rolling of the waves
And that’s why
it’s how I’ll die
But then I have to die someday.