I Looked Death In The Face

Today, I looked Death in the face.

She was ready for me, more ready than any other time I have ever known.

Even more so than the time I lost all of my blood, poor babe dead within my womb, and with the transfusion liquid pouring out of my body.

My breath was taken, my being was shattered. I wandered in a labyrinth of surreal, a dreamlike state that I could not wake up from. I pounded on granite, substance, hope. I would not allow Death to take me. Not yet. Blessed be.

I walked, I spoke, I thought. I endured. I gazed upon nothing. Yet everything. Death. Not yet. Not now. I am not ready.

Breath, that natural function that we all take for granted, was just outside of my reach. I could not swallow. I forced myself to be rational in a panicked state.

I focused on my home. I focused on those that I love.

I knew that I needed to water my plants indoors. Between breaks, I finally accomplished this. What a dreaded scene. Death, she sat there, on my shoulder, waiting.

Outside, I watered more plants. They, knowing, breathed upon me. They knew that I could not. Breathe. Oxygen, something that we do not truly understand, was just outside of my reach. They breathed. Blessed hope was given to me.

Yet, panic. I will swallow my tongue. I will die. Oh, what is this? Why? Not the end, a different beginning. Another way to perceive. Not Death.

No, I am alive. I breathe. I swallow. Death, blessed being, has receded. She did not take the trophy this time.

Not this time.

May 31, 2008

Text created by Susan Isabella Sheehan
“Art Is The Perception Of An Altered Reality©”
Copyright 2008 Surreal Digital Artist™

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I Looked Death In The Face

Susan Isabella  Sheehan

SANTA CLARA, United States

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