DEATH- A SLAM poem by Colleen Hoover

Death. The only thing inevitable in life.

People don’t like to talk about death because

it makes them sad.

They don’t want to imagine how life will go on

without them,

all the people they love will briefly grieve

but continue to breathe.

They don’t want to imagine how life will go on

without them,

Their children will still grow

Get married

Get old…

They don’t want to imagine how life will continue to

go on without them,

Their material things will be sold

Their medical files stamped ‘closed’

Their name becoming a memory to everyone they

know.

They don’t want to imagine how life will go on

without them, so instead of accepting it head on, they

avoid the subject altogether,

hoping and praying it will somehow

pass them by.

Forget about them,

moving on to the next one in line.

No, they didn’t want to imagine how life would

continue to go on…

without them.

But death

didn’t

forget.

Instead they were met head-on by death,

disguised as an eighteen-wheeler

behind a cloud of fog.

No.

Death didn’t forget about them.

If they only would have been prepared, accepted

the inevitable, laid out their plans, understood that it

wasn’t just their lives at hand.

I may have legally been considered an adult at the

age of nineteen, but I still felt very much

all

of just nineteen.

Unprepared

and overwhelmed

to suddenly have the entire life of a seven-year-old

In my realm.

Death. The only thing inevitable in life.

…. COLLEEN HOOVER. [SLAMMED]

 I love the Slammed series by her. This book got me into poetry. -pcb
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