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Death Too Early or Too Late

07.10.10 Posted in today's words by

Aren’t you appreciative that the state of Virginia so generously gives us wonderful poetry? You’ve read Bette Hileman’s work here before, most recently Forgetting. Today she takes on a subject we all ponder, and from a perspective we can all relate to. She points out the inadequacies of human understanding and makes us laugh at our own limitations. This is a good thing.
Death Too Early or Too Late
By Bette Hileman

The trouble with death is
It comes at the wrong time.
If a friend dies with all his faculties
And in apparent good health,
We say, “It’s a tragedy.
He had many good years ahead of him.”
If a friend dies in poor health
And for years hasn’t been able
To walk, or read, or remember anything,
We say, “It’s too bad
She had to suffer.
I don’t want to live that long.”

5 Responses to “Death Too Early or Too Late”

  1. Bobbie Troy says:

    Very well put, Bette!

  2. Jessie Carty says:

    Too true! well put 🙂

  3. Nate Spears says:

    True poem. Great poem. One of those things where dam if you do, dam if you dont! Love it.

  4. Does klonopin have an opioid component.


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