Death Tells a Story

Posted: December 24, 2019 in Friday Fictioneers
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I’m so grateful to Rochelle for posting the Friday Fictioneers prompt a day early! I’ve missed being here and her wee error was perfectly timed. She truly is a wonderful Fairy Blog Mother!

Most have forgotten. Shame on them.
Some say it never happened. They are wrong.
I was there, picking up the pieces.

Before it began I collected grandmothers exhausted by a good life,
babies that died too soon, worn-out fathers.
A simple cycle. Life. Death. Life.

After? Oh, after, I lifted souls from broken bodies on battlefields,
from children in the rubble of bombed-out houses,
from Jews, homosexuals, the crippled and mentally insane
left in makeshift graves dug in forest mud.

Please believe me. I do have a heart.
And you, mankind, broke it every day for six interminable years.

Comments
  1. neilmacdon says:

    Powerful piece, Alicia

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Dear Lish,

    If my error lured you back to FF it was worth it. 😉 Powerful piece. Have you by chance read The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak?

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  3. Dale says:

    Beautifully done, Alicia.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Powerful and oh, so, true …. 😦
    Mankind has been unkind to man. Too often. Too much.
    May we evolve to better than this. For we can.
    We can.
    Na’ama

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  5. msjadeli says:

    Telling your story from death’s perspective makes it that much more impactful.

    Like

  6. Anita says:

    Mankind has a lot to learn and unlearn & gain.
    Hope we don’t see such pain & repeat of such insanity again…

    The Monument – Anita

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  7. Liz Young says:

    Wow. This is incredibly good.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. plaridel says:

    welcome back! it’s worth waiting for this wonderful piece.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. draliman says:

    A lovely piece, very powerful. I like the telling from the perspective of Death.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. bearmkwa says:

    Aye, and sadly we’re still breaking it every moment of everyday. Beautifully written, Alicia. Love it!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. pennygadd51 says:

    Bleak and powerful, Lish. That we should break death’s heart is a grim indictment of the human race.

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  12. granonine says:

    Well, you have certainly given me something to consider. That death has his own regrets and heartbreaks is a profound idea.

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  13. Sandra says:

    Back with a powerful story, Alicia. I’ve missed your input. Happy New Year.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks, Sandra. I’ve missed being at FF. Off all the days of the week my Wednesdays are super busy and I often forget! Not like I couldn’t submit on a Thursday. 🙂 Happy New Year to you.

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  14. Lynn Love says:

    Crushing, Lish. Bare words and a dreadful truth. Well told

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Laurie Bell says:

    Wow, lovely. A perspective of fact. Death sees it all.

    Liked by 1 person

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