Treasure Island

Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

Death


Hunting gent lays broken, gasping,
thrown from horse at bramble hedgerow.
Grinning fox appears at last
to whisper 'tally-ho'!

Hiker with binoculars is
mesmerized by bird call echoes.
Unaware, she meets a bear
and bird sings 'Cheerio'!

Rimy limey falls from rigging,
passing mermaid hums calypso.
Partnering his drowning jig,
she murmurs 'Yo ho ho'.

Thief lies, pumping blood and dying,
stabbed by shard from jeweler's window.
Friendly copper chances by,
'hello, ‘ello, ‘ello'

Seedy movie flickers on as
heart attack stills patron's airflow.
Porn star watching from the screen
is sighing, 'Oh, Oh, Oh'.

I am Death, as fox, bird, mermaid,
copper, porn star - no proviso.
Masked however each prefers
to say 'It's time to go'!

Submitted: Sunday, July 29, 2012
Edited: Sunday, July 29, 2012

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  • Lyn Paul (7/31/2013 4:27:00 PM)

    Love all of the different scenarios, so well written and a perfect one to save. Thank You (Report) Reply

  • Hans Vr (8/6/2012 4:56:00 AM)

    what a great approach to a very serious subject.
    Superbly written. (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (8/1/2012 9:02:00 AM)

    Such a cornucopia of scenarios and life mocking death catch phrases from myriad times and cultural places, but when it is time as you have said in this well crafted verse, finality may be introduced in many ways but uniformly and universally it ends in silence. (Report) Reply

  • Mark Normand (7/31/2012 11:04:00 AM)

    Very real subject.It is so true and I cannot think anything that can be more ironic to man at times. Death must have a sense of humor, although a sick sense of humor. Death is ironic when it happens to fools it seems as though some beg for it with their stupidity, but death becomes senseless and terribly sad when it happens to the innocent who value the time they have and only want to live. (Report) Reply

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (7/29/2012 10:33:00 PM)

    among all those you have mentioned here, the copper stands as sore thumb, so far we haven't found out the way for copper to say that it is time to go. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (7/29/2012 2:42:00 PM)

    Death becomes her, or all of them! Only felt pity for the
    Rimy Limey, can't imagine why. Very humorous, I may have
    met that mermaid, I will tell you where later.
    Good write, very amusing. (Report) Reply

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