Jun 12, 2013

A Soul's Torment

We sit in the car
My friend and I
On our way to work
Songs play on the radio
We sing along, talk inanely
I tease him about his long hair
how it clashes with his formal attire

His phone rings
Still laughing, he answers it
Pin drop silence
Suddenly he screams
Scream after torturous scream
Like a soul tormented in hell

And then, his body shaking violently
He cries bitter tears
Of agony, fury and despair

I sit there frozen, silent, helpless
A mute witness to his anguish
Death, in one fell swoop
Alters lives forever 


22 comments:

  1. How terrible this whole experience must have been, Ruchira. I can see how it will remain with you for a long time.

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    1. It was terrible Corinne but for my own peace of my mind I am trying to let it go. Writing about it was cathartic for me.

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  2. so so poignant....beautiful poem to describe your anguish and torment. Hugz Ruch!

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  3. OMG!! That must have been so shocking!!

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  4. Yes how sad that in one second lives change irrevocably. wish you peace!

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    1. That the amazing thing - the uncertainty - In a split second things change ! Thanks Rachna !

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  5. Ruchira, a sensitive soul like you must have suffered deeply in this witnessing...and yet he was meant to know in the safety of your presence. So glad it was you...

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    1. Thanks Bhavana. I just hope to God I was of any help at that time !

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  6. I can empathise. It must be haunting you! Terrible terrible time

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  7. How quickly things that we take for granted change. Must have been such a terrible time.

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    1. Such things teach you never to take things for granted !

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  8. To go through the pain of loss is terrible, but to witness a loved one's pain is worse, when you are but a helpless witness. Hugs, Ruchira.

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  9. Good Lord! Looks like this torment actually happened. I am so sorry, Ruchira.

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    1. Rickie, yes unfortunately it did. Thank you.

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  10. As I said on IB, Ruchira this is really sad..cannot even imagine what you must have gone through... but you did your best...

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  11. That's why it says...never know what will happen the next minute so be nice to everyone

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  12. Strange how phone calls can change our lives.

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