Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I Died

I was dying and the earth knew it.
On that soft hospital bed, I battled to hold on to what was mine. I held on to life the way a one year old kid would hold on to her daddy’s hand ,the way a thirsty plain would hold on to a tiny drop of rain.
With mammoth pain, I wondered why everything was coming to an end so early. At eighteen, I was just starting life, just staring to experience the sweetness of true love. Five days earlier, Teniola had confessed how much he loved me. He wanted me to give my heart to him. He had no idea, but I wanted to tell him right there how much I loved him. But then, I didn’t. I promised him a reply four days after and that was today.
He was at the hospital today and brought colorful roses with him .I could not even open my mouth .I was too much in pain to tell him I truly loved him. Tears streamed like rain.
I was dying, dying of Sickle cell anemia. The unseen enemy was passed to me by parents and it was bent on stealing my breath away.
It was a dark fate and I was still musing on it when I noticed her. She was standing by my bedside, a total stranger. Her look was somewhat tender.
'who are you?' I asked, my voice tiny and weak.
'An angel!; Her soft voice was serene. It brought back memories of dazzling waterfalls.
‘What are you doing here?’
‘To take you somewhere.'
The message sank immediately.
‘Angel of Death.’
‘Yes and I have come to take your pain away.’
‘That is not true .You came to give me pain, to steal my breath. Oh, I hate you. I hate God!’
‘No, you don’t’
Yes I do. He gave me Sickle Cell Anemia. He gave it to those innocent kids all over the world’.
‘But he didn’t .Choice certainly did!
‘And now he sent you to fill my world with grief. It is not fair. ' Tears flowed again.
The angel moved closer and touched my brow. I looked into her eyes and was shocked. I saw tears glistened on her face. I asked why she was crying.
‘You are young and in love and here I am, ushering you away from what you hold so dear . It hurts.’
‘It does?’
‘Yes. But it is a job that must be done .You should let go of this pain.’
Truly, the pain was lofty. It was eating me alive.
I finally let go. ‘Up there, can I still love?’
‘Yes, you can.’
That made it all easy, I shut my eyes and floated into space with her. I felt the sweetness of the grizzled cloud on my lips.
At last, no more pain.
At last, no more Sickle Cell Anemia.
I Died.


Rosa said...

Deola, this is so beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes when I read it.

Sweetie said...

You are very talented. Your writing is not only beautiful but also almost mysterious.

~Sirius~ said...

Your story sent goosebumps all over me.....that was quite gripping.

poeticallytinted said...

This is so sad. my friend died of sickle cell anaemia. And all i could think was at last, no pain.
i am here. Thanks for stopping by.

Tell me what you need me to do. I am all yours.

AlooFar said...

This is a very beautiful piece.

Keep up the good work.

Standtall said...

This is a work of creativity!

Jaycee said...


Aiyana said...

A beautiful, thought provoking piece of writing.

Shadow said...

thanks for the visit. you have some lovely stuff here!

AlkySeltzer said...

As a 'regular' on Shadow's blog, I spotted your comment, and had to pay a visit. WOW! You write in such a manner that no one could leave until the END.

If you have written or will write a book, I want to make sure I begin it on a day off! Thank you!

Hoping I'm wrong, I'm guessing you are sick. "Peace".....

Marci J. said...

You indeed are a very touching & inspired author, Mister (if slightly morose).
Eye recently bumped into this speaker who turned me on to creative possibility www.inspired-entrepreneur.com - see if it's of any use to U.
PS. Thanx for browsing my blog (It's my haphazard attempt @ BEing transparent & Clear to Others' Thinking)

MissLove said...

at some point i laughed to be honest!!! damn!!! i love the way you write!!!!!!! :)

Buttercup said...

Aww..so sad.. :(

KAM BABY said...

Oh My God!
U are good!
yet u say u are pretending to be a writer!
u have to take that back!

I'm swooning hereeeee *FAINTS*

Dare Idowu said...

Your style is simply apprehensive. Good one there.

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gbengasile said...

Wao. It's been a while since i last read something soooooo touching. Sickle cell anaemia remains one great condition so many people live with till date. I lost a friend some years back and reading this piece just reminded me of how much i've forgotten him. Now i miss him again. Gurl, you've got a bundle of talent here. Nice blog. You've got yourself a new fan.

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