Tell Me Why She Dies (Draft 1)

Tell Me Why She Dies (Draft 1)

What does a non-believer do
when his love is sick and dying?

I do as best I can
what prayers she wants me to do.
I don’t want to disagree with her at all.

Yes, I say to her,
it is God’s will for her to die

But I don’t believe it
don’t want it,
won’t let it, because

she is perfect,
she is kind, and
she can not die.

I tell her:

Just tell me
what to believe
and I will do that for you

Just tell me
you will not die

And I will come with you
to any church where they love you,
where they’ll save you for me.

Don’t die for me
just because I don’t believe.

You know
I’d let you go
anywhere at all you’d love to be.
Kisses, and let me

make my tears into
rivers of love, but you say

there is another river where

I can not
swim upstream with you.

Go with love and belief
and take my paddle to
canoe yourself into the hands of your God, and

say hello for me.

— Douglas Gilbert

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6 thoughts on “Tell Me Why She Dies (Draft 1)

  1. I think I am confused? Who is sick and dying? I’m pretty healthy, although, it’s a scary thought that I am crushed by loneliness and that any day there could be an accident of some sort and I will die without ever being kissed again, or making love again…or knowing what it’s like to be held by someone that truly loved me.

    1. It’s OK, nobody is sick or dying. As far as I know, nobody I know is sick or dying. I don’t remember what it was but something annoyed me about platitudes somebody was doing. But anyway, everybody is fine. Thanks.

      1. Ok, well that’s good, I’m glad no one you know is sick or dying…it’s so hard to lose loved ones. I had to look up the word platitudes: a trite or obvious remark?

      2. It’s also hard to know what to say to people who are grieving the loss of a loved one when you want them to know you care and are thinking about them…I mean, it’s such a deeply sad, emotional situation that “I’m thinking about you”, and “you’re in my thoughts and prayers” just doesn’t seem like enough but at the same time you don’t want to go overboard and overwhelm them either.

      1. Yeah, the scars are always there, they become a part of who someone is after the wounds happen…you don’t forget how badly a pain hurt just because time has passed. But hopefully in time people allow themselves to love and to feel happiness again…

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