Sallie Howson


Kind of Death


This is no
Sweet “carried off by angels”
At the age of 90
Kind of death.
No
“go gently into that goodnight”
at the age of 70
Kind of death.
This is
A fight to the bitter end,
Struggling for breathe
Kind of death.
Young wife screaming in the corridor,
Mother’s tears washing my face,
No damn joking,
Cancer choking
Unfair death at 30
Kind of death.

Submitted: Saturday, September 01, 2007
Edited: Monday, April 04, 2011

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  • Chukuemeka Akpe (12/4/2008 4:14:00 AM)

    Poignant. I could feel the emotions released into the writing of this poem.
    I witness a 'Kind of Death' of a 15yr old - it inspired my first poem, August 24. (Report) Reply

  • Kimberly Wells (11/14/2007 10:34:00 AM)

    I want you to know, your poem hit me hard. I lost mmy husband 5 months ago to cancer, lung cancer, at 35, you were so right. He struggeled for that last breath, and me in the corridor. It was like you were telling my story.... (Report) Reply

  • Poison 9901 (9/1/2007 10:41:00 AM)

    Very nice, This is the flip side of life and death. The bad side.
    Very powerful piece and full of emotions. No one likes to write
    about this side fight to survive. Thanks for shareing this piece
    'Keep on inking the Pages'
    Poison (Report) Reply

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