Treasure Island

Tribhawan Kaul

(01-01-1946 / Srinagar (J & K) India)

A Soul Never Dies


Her eclipsed face devoid of emotions
near his bedside staring into blank
going through the motions.

His fixed eye staring back
with heavily bandaged head
declared brain dead.

Nurses glancing expectantly
watching her trembling hands
signing on dotted lines
she nods in approval
a tear drop rolls down
watching poignantly
all life support removal.

Not a good sight for a mother to see
yet she wished to felicitate
the flight of a soul to be
till caged in the body
for another birth
a myth
she believed.

Tears refusing to stream, clenching her fists
pulling her own body, a physical wreck
holding her emotions in check
lest her courage gives away
watches his body carted away.

Clinical strategy taking over physical ethos
She reconciled soon with the loss
but could never take off the albatross.*
.
One afternoon,
strange but smiling faces
descended like angels from heaven
at her door with the Dean
young and not too young,
all were terminal cases
but lived to see the day
through harvesting her son's
different tissues and organs.
She believed in the myth
A SOUL NEVER DIES.
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Submitted: Monday, January 14, 2013
Edited: Thursday, January 17, 2013

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Organ donations is fast picking up in India. Parents are now coming forward to donate organs of near and dear one who become victim of accidents/terminal diseases.

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  • Valsa George (10/11/2013 5:29:00 AM)

    A very moving write! The agony and helplessness of a mother whose son is declared clincally dead, being removed of the life support system and wheeled away to take out his vital organs! The image of this mother who with trembling hands, signs the document for organ donation will linger long as a monument of maternal grief! In the end she is blessed with the specacle of a few people brought back to life with the shared soul of her son! This deserves a10 (Report) Reply

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