Death I saw

Death I saw


Flooding with faces full of joy and mirth was my place today…
so was my face with smile for once not fake…
why wouldn’t it be, why wouldn’t they be…
coz moments from now a moment will come,
a moment that we all craved for so long.
Finally after four years we were getting to meet my dearest brother who’ve been overseas. You have no idea how much we missed him around and finally the wait was over at mid-day he arrived… Hugs, kisses, smile everywhere, but of course the weather, the place had to bug him.
Then back home we were, the whole place bustling with happy faces. It’s rare you know to see everyone smiling even though most of them were a tad pretentious. Then, the heavy fete was on. Everyone surrounding the man of the moment, it was damn crowded, the room. Of course we don’t own a bungalow or something or nor could we afford an upscale banquet to throw a huge party. It was our version of things…  … Conversations went on forever, most of the time he had to be the

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1. Death I saw

Death I saw

 

 

Flooding with faces full of joy and mirth was my place today…

so was my face with smile for once not fake…  

why wouldn’t it be, why wouldn’t they be…

coz moments from now a moment will come,

 a moment that we all craved for so long.

 Finally after four years we were getting to meet my dearest brother who’ve been overseas. You have no idea how much we missed him around and finally the wait was over at mid-day he arrived… Hugs, kisses, smile everywhere, but of course the weather, the place had to bug him.

Then back home we were, the whole place bustling with happy faces. It’s rare you know to see everyone smiling even though most of them were a tad pretentious. Then, the heavy fete was on. Everyone surrounding the man of the moment, it was damn crowded, the room. Of course we don’t own a bungalow or something or nor could we afford an upscale banquet to throw a huge party. It was our version of things… J … Conversations went on forever, most of the time he had to be the one to answer… Everyone was excited to ask him about the place where he has been for four long years and the rest was normal like normal.

At about 7 in the evening, me and Uncle had to leave for the hospital nearby. Somebody from his community back home had just had a catastrophic loss, he lost his son in a truck accident. I came to learn that the person had a couple of sons and a couple of daughters, the elder one was the one to have met with the misfortune that day. There was moaning, wailing, utter cries in the air, the family people were all in dismay. Then suddenly the brother entered the hospital compound only to hear his father’s voice say “your brother is no more”… He was with a friend rushing to the hospital knowing that his brother had an accident, he just didn’t know until then about his brother’s demise. And I was right there staring into his face as he slowly breaks into insane wailing… His friend was trying everything he could to hold his tears but none was to work. I wish there was something I could have said or done to ease the intolerable grief. Then the sisters were sobbing lightly, somehow they were keeping themselves from letting it out.

My uncle, the other people from the commune with the sisters and parents along with me headed to the morgue. I didn’t have to, but something in me kept pushing me all the way. There it was on a stretcher, the body lifeless, soulless covered with a white cloth, only his numb feet to be seen. So cold it looked, so alone, abandoned. Hours ago from now, it had some life in it, something that mattered… it was someone, it was him… But now, it’s all gone, it’s merely a body that will only be burned down to ashes or buried somewhere beneath the ground. The accident happened on a hillside road, the truck he was driving fell about 200 metres down and his body couldn’t take the fall. When the sisters saw the body, they couldn’t hold on anymore, there was hue and cry all over the place and I, only a spectator who didn’t and couldn’t matter at all. I would say “I know how you feel” but even I knew that there was no way that I was not even close to the feeling. There was this death, that upturned the world, engulfed everything into darkness. Death, death took it all away. A father from a newborn, a husband, a son, a brother, a life that mattered... Finally after about an hour they were sent home, except for the few near ones. Then, we came back home in the chilling breeze. The air had something missing, it felt lonely, some sense of vacancy was there to be felt.

Back home they were all  still going with the flow but I never felt like partaking in… it was clamoring with laughter and big time talks. I went in for a shower trying to lighten my face and came out making every little effort to look like me, but it couldn’t happen. I was in the veranda with darkness and some soft music, the air almost motionless was whispering in my air. Everything will one day come to an end, even you… so live every day, every moment, cos these days are never coming back...

LIVE before you die, Are YOU living?????

 

 

 

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