Spock the Vegan

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Learning From Jennie's Death - Poem by Spock the Vegan

My grandpa's sister was a lively child,
but her life was cut short
at the age of seventeen,
Just when it was beginning.

No one wrote a story of her life.
The coroner's report
just says ‘blood poison, '
but that's not the full story.

Jennie had lost her mother
three years earlier.
She was the big sister,
and probably had lots of responsibilities
after her mother died.

One of my aunts (now all deceased)
told me how Jennie died:
A dance was coming up.
Like many teenagers,
Jennie had acne.
After popping a pimple,
she put on her makeup.
How could she have known that
it contained lead?

So many questions remain unanswered.
Did she know what was killing her?
How long did it take for her to die?
Did she suffer?

Now there is no one to ask.
Most of all I want to know
How many people must die before
manufacturers make their products safe?

Topic(s) of this poem: death, family, mystery, roots, safety

Form: Free Verse


Comments about Learning From Jennie's Death by Spock the Vegan

  • (8/7/2017 4:00:00 PM)

    A very sad story. I would like the answers to your questions as well. (Report)Reply

    Spock The Vegan(8/7/2017 5:50:00 PM)

    Thanks for your comment. Here's another website with information: http: cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/g7597249/banned-cosmetic-ingredients/

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  • Kim Barney (8/6/2017 12:28:00 AM)

    Very sad. Hopefully these days cosmetics are safer than they were back then.
    My heart aches for your grandpa's sister, and indeed for all young people who are taken so early in life.
    I remember a young girl who died in my little town at about the age of 11 or so. It seems like they said 'blood poisoning' on that death, too.
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    Spock The Vegan(8/6/2017 10:52:00 AM)

    Thanks. Cosmetics are safer now, but not as much as you might think. The internet has several sites talking about it such as: http: davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals/

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  • Grace Jessen (8/5/2017 6:25:00 PM)

    Very touching poem about your relative! Yes, many questions remain unanswered. Thanks for sharing this tribute. She will not be forgotten now. (Report)Reply

    Spock The Vegan(8/6/2017 10:44:00 AM)

    Thanks. It's important that people don't forget how other people died, especially relatives. In some cases that can save your own life.

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/5/2017 4:30:00 PM)

    Jennie's death brought me shock and sorrow. It is really a painful sight. You have inscribed this event heartfelty. Well narrative poem on death. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

    Spock The Vegan(8/6/2017 10:39:00 AM)

    Thanks for your comment. Though I never knew Jennie, it's still sad to hear about it.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 5, 2017



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