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Dear Death

August 11, 2010
By Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1632 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

Dear Death,

Can you understand love? I seriously doubt that you can; because, if you could, you would have looked into my mother’s eyes when she had turned around to smile at me in the car that day. You would have seen what I had seen: the affection glowing in her hazel gaze and the joy that flitted across her lips. That blissful moment before terror.

You witnessed that love shining like a headlight in our midst, yet still you made our car swerve off the road. And you wrenched my mom and dad from life’s embrace. My embrace, even though I thought I was holding on tightly enough. Why did you take them cruelly in your arms, and stalk past my brother and I? We were in the car too! I’d rather be walking hand in hand with them (wherever you took them after that day) than be left in the dust of life.

When I woke up in the hospital the next obscure morning, white-coated figures told me that they were gone. Through my tears, I made a solemn vow. It was a vow to hate you for the rest of my life. Mom and Dad, gone? You don’t understand love.

Your newest enemy,

Dear Death,

It’s been a year since I last wrote you, and I have already broken my vow. You took Grandpa yesterday, but he was different. I loved Grandpa in a way that would bring tears to anybody’s eyes. He used to tell me fantasy stories, swearing that they were real. I’d say, “you’re crazy, Grandpa!” He would look really serious and say, “What? You think I’m crazy?” then smile and wink: “maybe a little bit.” He warmed my heart so much.

Cancer, supposedly, was the murderer. But I recognized your aura in the hospital when he called me in to talk. He told me that everything was okay, giving me a smile that I had come to know as my friend. He told me that everything was all right, that there was nothing to fear from you, that he was just moving on, that I would see him in time. His words consoled me, but I cried as he gave my hand a little squeeze. Then I saw his spirit floating like a veil out of the room. I could have sworn that it winked at me.

I broke my vow, because I forgive you.

With love,

Dear Death,

It has been four years since Grandpa died. My brother has had a really hard life (as have I, for that matter). I had often seen him in his room praying, with tears in his eyes, before he left home to get a job. I guess no one answered his prayers, because I was told this morning that he was found dead after having jumped from his apartment building. This time, I shed no tears. I am beyond that now, even though my big brother is gone.

Before Grandpa called me to his sickbed, I heard him saying to my brother with a smile “teach Rose all that you know after I’m gone.” He has done so, because I’m looking at the noose that I have tied for myself, a foot in front of me. I’m almost ready to walk into your arms, just like my family. Now I have just stepped up onto the chair…

I don’t know how these letters will reach you, but I hope they do.

I want you to see what you have done.

See you soon,

Dear Rose,

I want you to know that I have read and reread your letters; they were very beautiful. Silver tears line my worn face as I watch you swing slowly like a pendulum from the rope. I also want you to know this: I’m so sorry. But your brother, he had jumped; somebody had to catch him. But I know you loved him. Your grandpa, he shook my hand as I helped him from his deathbed; he knew that it was all okay. And I know that you loved him. As for your parents, I did see that look in your mother’s eyes; and I’m so sorry that she and your father had to leave with me. I know that you loved them. But I am the deliverer; some people must be left behind as I take the others with me.

I remember your first words to me. To answer, I do understand love. I have seen so much, how could I not? But I’m glad you wrote to me and that you will be joining the ones that you care about. I look into your tranquil face and think: this is not the end, Rose.

Your friend,

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This article has 239 comments.

Ella1 GOLD said...
on Feb. 16 2012 at 2:39 pm
Ella1 GOLD,
14 articles 7 photos 137 comments
Wow that is amazing. It reminds me a little bit of The Book Theif

Duckie430 said...
on Feb. 16 2012 at 10:30 am
Duckie430, Riverside, Rhode Island
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Favorite Quote:
“The secret to life is being who you are and being happy with who you are.”
"Whatever does not kill you only makes you stronger."

Beautiful article

on Feb. 16 2012 at 10:08 am
ArielHardinn. BRONZE, Lake City, Florida
4 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Let your religion be less of a theory, and more of a love affair."

This is simply beautiful. I really felt the emotion. It brought tears to my eyes. PLEASE continue to write.

on Feb. 13 2012 at 8:00 pm
soccerislife14 BRONZE, Pikeville, Kentucky
1 article 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
Writing comes more easily if you have something to say. -Sholem Asch

Very beautiful. Heartwrenching and deep in lots of ways. I loved Death's letter at the end. It was so bittersweet, and Rose's last letter was so haunting and sad at the same time. You're a good writer! :)

on Feb. 13 2012 at 7:34 pm
Karles_Ivy PLATINUM, Sunnyside, Washington
23 articles 0 photos 62 comments

Favorite Quote:
Sometimes the bully isn’t the captain of the cheerleaders or the girl who for some reason has it out for only you; sometimes the worst bully of them all is you.- Karles_Ivy

There are absolutely no words to describe how incredibly amazing this is.

on Feb. 13 2012 at 7:12 pm
ArsinoeAnonymous, Unknown, North Carolina
0 articles 0 photos 12 comments
This is piece just takes my breath away. You are an amazing writer!

on Feb. 13 2012 at 6:30 pm
camohunter19 GOLD, Sedro-Woolley, Washington
14 articles 13 photos 128 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Girls are so queer you never know what they mean. They say No when they mean Yes, and drive a man out of his wits for the fun of it." "Violence is never the answer! It is a question, and the answer is yes."

Have you read [i]The Book Thief[/i]? Because Death is the narrator, I'm sure you would love it.

on Feb. 13 2012 at 4:09 am
ILoveWritingAlot BRONZE, E, Other
3 articles 5 photos 57 comments

Favorite Quote:
Every end is a new beginning;
What a caterpillar calls an end the rest of the world calls a butterfly;
There never was a good war, or a bad peace.;
“People will believe anything if you whisper it.”
“Where words fail, Music speaks”

OMG! this is simply AWESOME!! love it good job keep it up

on Feb. 13 2012 at 12:36 am
mango_mingooo, Lagrange, California
0 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"War doesn't determine who is right, only who is left." -Bertrand Russell

I got a little teary eyed when the brother died. You know you're doing something right when you can move readers like this. I love how we got to read death's response to the letters. Great Job!

on Feb. 10 2012 at 11:27 pm
A_Jean PLATINUM, Citrus Heights, California
40 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
"we all carry these things inside that no one else can see. they hold us down like anchors and they drown us out at sea."
"i'm trying to figure out which parts of my personality are mine and which ones I created to please you"

It reminded me of The Book Thief too. :)

on Feb. 10 2012 at 8:35 pm
simply breathtaking!!

on Feb. 10 2012 at 7:52 pm
kaylala_22 PLATINUM, Hillsboro, Missouri
41 articles 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A beautiful personality shines brighter than any pretty face"

:o!!! That was amazing!!!!!!

on Feb. 10 2012 at 3:36 pm
SophiaCross SILVER, Plattsburgh, New York
7 articles 3 photos 89 comments

Favorite Quote:
To love, to be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of the life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”

This is absolutely beautiful and incredibly well-written. It has a very dark sense about it, but in a way, it gives hope and even understanding. Keep writing!

on Feb. 10 2012 at 3:19 pm
just-another-url GOLD, Cannes, Other
16 articles 6 photos 151 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It's a good thing to be strange. Normalness leads to sadness." -Philip Lester

This is beautiful, it made me cry ! Your writing reminds me Markus Zusak's The Book Thief. Keep up the great work, this is going on my favorite list now ! And I personally think that this should have been published in the Teen Ink Magazine.

leafy said...
on Feb. 10 2012 at 2:04 pm
leafy, City, Other
0 articles 0 photos 682 comments

Favorite Quote:
Gil: I would like you to read my novel and get your opinion. 
Ernest Hemingway: I hate it. 
Gil: You haven't even read it yet. 
Ernest Hemingway: If it's bad, I'll hate it. If it's good, then I'll be envious and hate it even more. You don't want the opinion of another writer. 

Oh yes! My Feathery Bard, you piece has climbed its way up to the front page of TI! :D

Miaaah SILVER said...
on Feb. 10 2012 at 10:42 am
Miaaah SILVER, Dade City, Florida
5 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
Set me free, like the birds & the bees.

I loved it! It made me cry.

on Feb. 10 2012 at 1:34 am
GingerLily BRONZE, Aulnay-sur-Mauldre, Other
3 articles 6 photos 78 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world" - Oscar Wilde

Oh my God, that's just so beautiful . . . Words can't even describe how amazing this piece is.

Lacie101 said...
on Feb. 9 2012 at 6:16 pm
so awesome! i absolutly loved it! i will always remember this wonderful story

on Feb. 9 2012 at 1:33 pm
MarissaWhitecloud SILVER, Oskaloosa, Iowa
7 articles 0 photos 84 comments
Loved it! It seemed like it could be so real and true.

leafy said...
on Dec. 21 2011 at 3:32 pm
leafy, City, Other
0 articles 0 photos 682 comments

Favorite Quote:
Gil: I would like you to read my novel and get your opinion. 
Ernest Hemingway: I hate it. 
Gil: You haven't even read it yet. 
Ernest Hemingway: If it's bad, I'll hate it. If it's good, then I'll be envious and hate it even more. You don't want the opinion of another writer. 

Just as Rose's letters brought Death tears in his eye, this piece has done the same for me. I must confess, except for one or two novels, no other written scene has made me literally cry. I guess one could say, job well done.