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Pronouncing the Dead

How can you look someone in the eyes and tell them it's the end?
How can you possibly do that without shedding tears?
Or even blinking?
Do you not feel it? That pain, that pain that's taking over
Their soul, as you tell them their life is ending?
Or maybe it's just that you have lost your own soul? 
In that instant when you found out that the greatest part of yourself
Is about to disappear,
That its light was about to be permanently extinguished.
Can't you feel it? That sorrow that slowly shutters their hearts?
Or the fear that's taking over their minds? it's a furious fire,
Cutting off any glimpse of hope with its smog,
That fear, its suffocating their soul into its last gasp.
Can't you see it? How that laughter ends sharply, in pain?
How it breaks in half every time, never to relapse into its fullness?
How the darkness stealthily takes over those, once life-filled, eyes?
That following calm,
It's the call of darkness,
Smoothly enchanting their soul into submissiveness.
Until all is in deadly silence,
Their bodies still, their souls forever gone into unknown.
Do your tears come then? Do you feel their pain then?
Do you see it? Or do you stay the same?
Unchanged, unemotional, shell shocked,
And forever unbelieving still?

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  1. Date: 12/31/2013 10:44:00 AM
    I can relate to your poem i loved it,it was beautiful

  1. Date: 12/30/2013 12:37:00 PM
    Very Dark and Intense. Hugs are sent.

  1. Date: 12/26/2013 8:03:00 AM
    - Welcome to P-Soup, Alina ! - Nice to read your first poem here. :)) - Hope you will have much pleasure to be with us. - Wishing you good luck - have a nice day! - (Comment on the poetry of others and they will comment on yours). - My first greeting to you from Norway. - I will come back to read more .... another day :) - All the best for the year 2014 ! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 12/25/2013 9:08:00 PM
    Hope you are enjoying the holidays, ALINA, Your first poem on the soup is excellent for the readers, it is very deep!! Stopping by with a nice, sweet Welcome to Poetry Soup. Wishing you the best when it comes to your poems. I hope you get to meet all the nice poets around here. Starting with me. SKAT :-) Please drop a hello and tell me a little about yourself if you like. I would like to be your newest poetry soup "FRIEND". Hugs* SKAT

  1. Date: 12/25/2013 6:18:00 AM
    I wud burst out crying though. U present d deathbed dying scene in a thoughtprovokin great poetic way. Sombre and dreary, hard intense. Pls do review my latest poem too.

  1. Date: 12/24/2013 11:38:00 PM
    Hi, Alina ooooo, this is gripping. And the introduction of death presenting the end is awesome. . , A nice warm WELCOME to poetry soup. Dropping by to invite you to my latest contest. You will find the contest page on the top left hand side* -Looking forward in following and reading your poetry. Hope to hear from you soon. You will enjoy the community, we are one big happy family. (Drama & Love. LOL) ~ Take Care!! From: your new poet friend @-> LINDA <-@

  1. Date: 12/24/2013 10:22:00 PM
    Welcome to the soup and a deep and good write but for me and a lot more, death is not the end though it is sad to lose some one for awhile. It is not the end only temporary. It is like taking a trip. You miss loved ones but when they return. It is a loving reunion