Don’t Say The “D” Word

We say
“He passed away”.
The “d” word
Is often
Not heard.

He is in his coffin
So why this absurd
Fear
Of the “d” word?

Does the Reaper, standing, unnoticed, near
Smile at our denial
That you and I
Shall die?

Larkin took refuge in drink
But, at dawn did think
On death
And felt bereft.

I have now said
The word we dread
To voice.

We have a choice
Over what words are said
But we are nonetheless, dead
In the end
My friend.

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4 thoughts on “Don’t Say The “D” Word

  1. blindzanygirl

    I LOVE this Kevin. It is a pet hate of mine when the word die or dead is avoided. I always use the “d” word, probably to the consternation of some!

    Reply

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