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  Learning from Death
by Lloyd Lofthouse
Sunday, July 31, 2011
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What have you learned from Death?


Death has been walking in my shadow
Since birth
When a virus
Waged war with my heart
Stealing my weight
My youth
Often leaving me struggling for breath
The scarecrow teen without a girl friend

The first lesson from Death
Came when my grandmother died
After losing a leg to Diabetes
One of Death's soldiers
Such as Heart Disease and Cancer
Shattering the clay pot where my tears hid
 
In Vietnam,
My unit earned a presidential citation
Thanks to Death
Taking fifty percent causalities
Arriving one round at a time
Hidden in buried explosives
On the dark wings of rockets
and Agent Orange
From a government that lies
For profit demanding obedience
 
Death followed me home from Southeast Asia
Taking my mother at 89
My father at 79
My brother at 64
A loving aunt in her 70s
The Uncle called Lloyd at 93,
who defeated Death in Burma
After crossing the mountains
From India in World War II

In 2011, an eighty-year old father-in-law
Spread his wife's ashes in the East China Sea
 
One by one
Spread across decades
These people that I knew
That I loved
That I liked
and admired
Followed Death to its home
 
Death visited again recently
Taking a neighbor too early
A good man deserving more years
With his loving family missing him
and friends that enjoyed his company
Cheated
While a more deserving candidate
Closer to the end of the street
Survived to drive his shiny dark cars
Worn as emblems of ruthless corporate success
 
I have learned that Death always wins
and suffering is for the living
 
 
 

 


The Soulful Veteran


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Reviewed by lois christensen 10/16/2014
Death surely disrupts our lives quite often and the older we get the more deaths occur in our lives. But life goes on and on til we're dead, indeed.
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 7/31/2011
Good to see you posting again, Lloyd--even with this sad
but excelled poem that reminds us that death in an unwelcome
teacher. -gene.
Reviewed by Terry Rizzuti 7/31/2011
Good poem, Lloyd. Sometimes we win a battle here and there, but never the war.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/31/2011
Sobering thoughts indeed, Lloyd. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Regis

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