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A Softer Way To Die

A Softer Way to Die

We live and study life
We pray that somehow
God changes his rules. 
No one wants to die
No one wants to follow
Those complicated laws;
I mean no lie-ing - no steal-ing
no sex - before marriage no
Fornicate-ing, no kill-ing
No lust-greed or defil-ing the earth.
All we can do now is try to find
" A softer way to die".
Pick your battles... 
There are many ways to die.
I asked, God why?
When mom threw a 
"Monkey wrench" in my world
Answering - "We all have to die"
I immediately winked at God... 
Thinking to myself ( not I) .
Gave him a little nudge;
Sidebar God : I said to God 
Adamantly "I do not want to die"
"Can you change the rules "?
I never heard back from him
On that subject..
I went to him again
God "Can you at least
Keep me with a mom- 
I said "So that I won't be an
Orphan like Shirley Temple" ?
He did get back to me on that
And Mom is Alive and well
Plan A. ( living forever) 
Still not executed. 
Once again contemplating
Thoughts on how I want to die.
I could not think of a pleasant way 
To die, none that seemed appealing.
Nor any options that would be fun.
hmmm, eat myself to death. 
Playing chicken with the train, 
Might prove thrilling. 
As time grew nigh
My thoughts continued 
....On a softer way to die.
Childhood gone, middle age gone'
Old age approaching fast and furious
Destroying me like a sudden
Approaching hurricane... 
This storm knocked out my lights
Memory gone now..
Forgetting my life- my loved ones
Forgetting my friends, 
Children,and foes alike
Forgetting my wrongs - my sins
and accomplishments all.
Everything's gone. So now 
What do I do ?... How can 
I rewrite my life,Take account..
Of that which I remember not.
The realities if my existence
Has been wiped out from 
The Forest Fires burning
In my minds eye. 
Have no recordings of 
Who loved me or of who 
I shall never forgive.
How will I know that I ever even lived.
Taking my dark blank pages into 
The after life- My shadowy 
Existence ends. I feel no pain 
I Have no thoughts, 
Have nothing to contemplate.
For I have asked to live forever
Or that I die a,softer way
Forgetting to eat 
Forgetting to drink- 
Forgetting to swallow
Forgetting to breath... 
Forgetting this life-
I close my eyes and fade away.
© Vicki Acquah


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  1. Date: 8/26/2015 2:33:00 PM

    Wow, had me with the title and kept me all the way to the last line. much to think about. I have bargained with God for my mother to be healed form answer. One day I will know. This poem has such depth. I applaud you the way you have brought this painful subject to light.
  1. Date: 8/26/2015 2:29:00 PM

    What a very thought provoking story - and i guess we all wish for a softer way to die. Well done, kind regards, Laura.