In a Split Second.
She had only popped out for some milk for her tea
“I won’t be long”, she called, “I’ll be back in a jiffy”
“I’ll be back in no time at all”.
A loving mother’s last words, echo down the hall
He was anxious to collect his pension before it got too late
There was a long queue so he would have to stand and wait
He reminded himself, to buy a Lotto ticket on the way
Sure you never know when it’s your lucky day
She had only popped in to top up her phone
So she could call her friend, who was feeling all alone
The poor girl’s boyfriend, had dumped her the night before
Those were her last thoughts as she walked through the door
He suddenly realised that he had no cash with him
So he pulled in at the garage to use the ATM
His fingers tips had just touched the cash
When all around him, a blinding flash
Her Dad had promised her a few nice treats
An ice cream or a bag of her favourite sweets
So he stopped for petrol and a bale of briquettes
And remembered to pick up a pack of cigarettes
She had been delayed at the office, then had to post some letters
So she was late for her appointment at the hairdressers
It had been a tough day, she sat back in the chair
As the scissors snipped the first lock of her hair
We just never know when our world will end
When we have to leave behind, both family and friend
When our time has come to exit the stage
When our story has ended, we’ve reached the last page
So don’t take for granted those people in your life
Be they mother, daughter, husband or wife
Your father or brother, or that crazy, young sister
Your best mate, your soulmate, your partner, your lover.
That kindly neighbour, who walks his dog every evening
He always has a smile and a wave and a greeting
Or that lady who lives at the corner and is so very nosey
Who knows everyone’s business, but she’s just lonely
Life can be heartless and often, a very dark place
Disaster and Death are facts we have to face
No matter how senseless or tragic they seem to be
Death is part of our Life’s journey
Life can end in split second or the blink of an eye
Leaving questions unanswered and wondering why ?
We just never know when it’s our time to leave
Leaving us with precious memories and time to grieve.
© Denis Murphy 08 October 2022.
The world has become a much sadder place. Even here in Ireland. There are murders every day, children being killed, terrible accidents and family tragedies. Not to mention the several wars, famines, floods, droughts all over the world. We have changed the balance of nature and our climate has been damaged by our foolish actions and greed.
I have written this poem to try to exorcise some of those negative feelings and to pay tribute to those ten people who recently died and to those who were seriously injured in the petrol station explosion in Donegal, Ireland. N.B. This poem is a work of fiction and the characters are of my creation. If there is any resemblance to those victims who died, that is a coincidence. I have posted this poem with the best intentions and I hope that it does not cause hurt or upset .
© Denis Murphy. 12 October 2022.