Monday, June 19, 2017

They Died Doing What They Loved: A Common Euphemism

(Haiku Form)
by Jim Rapp

No! He died dying;
Death and only death consumed
his frantic thinking.

No! She died dying!
In the course of doing what she
loved, death overtook her.

They did not die, as
euphemists would have us think,
doing what they loved.

They fought dying with
feral desperation; went
hard, and died trying

to wring from death a
reprieve in which again to
do the thing they loved.

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