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Euthanasia - A Prose Poem

Updated on July 28, 2018
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Rinita is a creative writer, with focus on poetry. She delves into several forms including Haiku/Senryu, Sonnets, Free Verse, and Prose.

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The Poem

I lay awake, I lay still,

silent and withdrawn

on my bed, which is my home

for the last year and a half.


I blindly look at the window sill,

waiting for friends who I know not

to come and shed a tear or two

over my invalid, useless soul.


I pray for death to come

soft and quick, and relieve me

from the pain that is not mine,

and the tears that won’t flow.


My brain’s speaking, won’t you hear?

How much I love you all still?

Arms that can’t hold you any more

long to wash His Highness’s feet.


One dawn as I still lie awake,

friends and foes sleeping alike,

smoke billows from above the sky

filling the entire ICU ward.


My breath goes down, as I suffocate

thinking of the children sleeping

in the same wing on warmer beds;

do they deserve such painful death?


I know my time is up, finally

I say my prayer, an extremely long

wait has ended, and I shiver

until the peaceful last cold breath.


Explanation

I wrote this poem from the perspective of a person who has been lying invalid, probably just on life support for a long time, and wishes death to arrive as she finds her life utterly meaningless. As she hopes and prays for mercy killing, the hospital building catches fire, and her wish is at last fulfilled. However, she dies with a regret that along with her many others are being killed by the dreadful fire, others who did not wish for mercy killing.

A few years ago, a huge fire in a city hospital took many lives, I found the inspiration to write this poem from that devastating news.

© 2011 Rinita Sen

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    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      8 days ago

      Hi Caroline. Thank you for your appreciation. Yes, the incident was really sad and although it happened many years ago, the lives lost could never be forgotten. Happy to see you today. Keep writing.

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      Caroline Marie 

      9 days ago

      Hello Rinita, this is a beautiful poem. I love the emotion in your words. I can feel myself being in that hospital room. The explanation also gives the poem an even more powerful perspective. What as sad story for a hospital to burn down like that.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      19 months ago

      Thank you, Mona for visiting. Yes, I realize it is a hard decision, and could be misused. In most cases the patient knows themselves but is unable to say, so it is down to the primary caregiver. Thank you again for your insight.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      19 months ago from Philippines

      I believe in euthanasia, but one never knows, there are so many questions, like when is the right time to do it? Recently someone I know was ready to die and refusing to take an ambulance because he really didn't want to live with tubes all over him and being bedridden for years. With great persuasion he was convinced to go to a hospital. He had pneumonia, which was treatable in five days. So euthansia has to be decided on wisely.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      7 years ago

      Appreciate your insightful comment austinhealy. I realize that it was a bit harsh that other people lost their lives too, but I guess that's how unpredictable situations are in life. You never know who has to pay with what for your wish to come true. Thanks for your visit. Have a great day.

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      Bernard J. Toulgoat 

      7 years ago from Treasure Coast, Florida

      This is a very serious subject and I must say you treated it very well. I am uneasy with the fact that other people had to die in order for one person to fulfill her wish, it distracts from your original idea, but I am certain that at the very last minute of one's life, we still have some regrets. In any case, a very brave and intelligent poem by my standards

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      7 years ago

      Thanks a lot Shruti for your heartfelt comment.

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      shruti sheshadri 

      7 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Great work :) An unusual poem, The last wishes of the human soul...

      nicely portrayed! :)

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Hyphenbird. The incident was very sad. Helpless patients couldn't be rescued on time. Anyway, its good to know you liked the thoughts behind the poem.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Oh my. I often wonder about people who lie mute and unable to respond. The true story about the hospital fire is awful but you have created something beautiful out of that horror. This line "Arms that can’t hold you any more/ long to wash His Highness’s feet." is gorgeous. I feel that way even now, I long to see Jesus and to honor Him. I love this poem and thank you for it.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      8 years ago

      raciniwa, I know its sad, but it brings a realization with it in the end, and that's what this piece was about. Thanks for visiting. Always appreciated.

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      raciniwa 

      8 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      very, very sad...

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      8 years ago

      I know, right? What you wish for often brings waves of unhappiness with it.

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      Nikki Wicked 

      8 years ago from Louisiana

      couldnt someone have just "pulled the plug"? be careful what you wish for, they sometimes have consequences that you didnt wish for.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Dee. I am glad you liked it.

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      Dee42 

      8 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

      Very unique and touching. Heart-felt and I was spell bound. Great hub.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for visiting Frank, and for echoing my thoughts.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 years ago from Shelton

      I can feel the words and they chill me to the bone Senoritaa-- I know my time is up, finally.. simple words but properly used they hit just as hard :) thumbs up

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