#67. And We Bore Witness to a Birth and a Death…

When they’re cloaked, they do seem so far apart.

But today, I saw them both seated

side by side; a birth and a death.

Different, yet same, when unsheathed.

And in the sacred, solemn hour,

down the corridors of death,

in a room with walls dark and grey,

we sat and held cold, feeble, tired hands.

The air seemed to slowly rush out,

shallow and then fast, fast, fast…

Oh! The final fight is done

and he breathes his last!

 

And then in the same hour,

down the corridors of life,

in a room with walls pristine,

we sat and watched a medicine woman

All alone, without her groom,

ushered into another room.

She is held down on the table,

the air seemed to slowly rush out.

Shallow and then fast, fast, fast…

Oh! The final push for life,

she births a sacred trinity!

And also awakens a stronger,

newer version of herself.

Yes, today, a warrior heart is born

ready for the journey that looms ahead!

Ije! Yes, life is a good and great journey

Go through this path in the valley,

laced with strength, armed with love.

We weep in pain,

For a good man died today!

And then again,

We rejoice, for the grave is empty.

Yes, death is shamefully defeated,

the essence of life, it failed to Rob

Today, a great tree refused to fall!

His legacies and soul-seeds live on,

Rose of Sharon, bless them all.

May they bloom and Blossom,

And remember this life, well lived,

celebrated with flutes and pipes.

Today I saw them both seated

side by side; a birth and a death.

We bore witness to a birth and a death!

And love triumphed and made them one.

© Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido (All rights reserved).

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