The Unfairness of Death, a poem by Lexi Flint

 

I didn’t know his name.

Yet under the harsh lights

and sterile surrounding of the

emergency room

I prayed for a stranger’s soul

to have safe passage.

 

I dimmed the lights.

repositioned your arms

above the covers

placed your head on a pillow

into a more

natural position

trying to soften the blow

but can one really lessen

the pain

that remains after a loved one has departed?

 

Death is so cruel

always on our heels

from the moment we take our first breath

if only we would realize

maybe we would

love more

hate less

live more

give more

maybe…

 

I watch, head lowered, as your family arrives

they part the curtains which hide your lifeless body

from the rest of the world

lest they give up hope and follow the road you have just traveled.

Your family , eyes glazed with tears

grief barely hidden behind tense smile

say a brief goodbye

and I prayed for them too.

 

Silently I placed yellow boxes

of tissue on the bedside table

willing myself to be

unseen

unheard

while your family shed their tears.

 

I imagine your spirit soaring through a black void

fear

regret

a final tear fell from your eye

as the green blip marched slowly across the screen

slower and slower until it stopped

as if

you had finally accepted your battle was complete

At Peace.

 

I bathed you quickly and gently

removing all signs of our effort to reclaim your life.

the wires

the tubes

the tape .

Silently I place the clichéd toe tag on your foot’s first digit

you have become biohazard

wrapped in plastic

and placed in a fridge like last night’s meatloaf.

 

As the refrigerator door closes

the click of the latch reverberates inside

the metal storage container signaling

the finality and unfairness of Death.

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