The Final Call

The Final Call

A Poem by Seeker

When death is imminent, is it possible to encapsulate one's life in the final momment?



As family and friends gathered

Around the deathbed

Someone silently hollered,

At my moribund being, to embed

The 10-minute final warning

Only I could hear the calling


For my final thoughts to start pouring

Others in tears, grasping at straws

Desperately, ardently pleading

Another fate would be the draw

Ten minutes more for sharing

With a loved one about to forever go


Amid all the tears, the grieving, the love

Warm clasps, loving kisses never before

Felt or sensed as though from up above

What feelings could I honestly pour

Onto a life all condensed in one final moment

With muddled memories of a life in torment?


My cat of years looked up at me jaded

Yawning, sticking out its tongue

Away from the angst, sauntered nimbly

A grim reminder, little would change

Snub futile dreams of immortality

Death the leveler is finally in range


As images of the past furiously flashed by

I smiled at the fulfillment I had sown

By the outpouring of love of those nearby

Forgiveness and grief leaving me forlorn

Happy that the ordeal would soon end

Sad at unknowing what lay around the bend


Darkness would soon descend

On my being that I couldn’t defend

Departing from loved ones onto the unknown

Yet all of those millions now gone

Had suffered a fate just as my own

All mostly forgotten, now ash or bone


Yet we may fear death as reprimand

Dread her as highest agony to understand

Truth is we die longer than being around

And when we pass, it is the climax

Of solutions, and problems for death to ax

No more bills or Adrenalin, no more tax


Ready to leave now

Let me go now

Pain be gone

Life be gone

Into nothingness

Into painlessness


Peace will always remain

In Death’s eternal domain

As the soul’s sole terrain

No more sighs, no more breaths

After the certainty of death

Endless silence, as demise creeps in with stealth


©Alwi Shatry, June 28, 2017

© 2017 Seeker

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I really liked this piece a lot, death, something we all experience but yet still fear, You touched on the subject nicely.

Posted 2 Months Ago


2 Months Ago

Thank you Kesha for reviewing. Death still strikes fear in many, as you state. Except cats of cour.. read more

2 Months Ago

You're welcome!
We die longer than being around! Bringing an aloof cat into such an emotionally fraught moment was a brilliant. I really enjoyed this.

Posted 3 Months Ago


3 Months Ago

Thank you Carol. I enjoyed writing on such a challenging issue. I followed your name to your own p.. read more
Hah... You captured me with the jaded cat... Demise is certainly stealthy... But hopefully we have a moment before it comes... Silently penned...

Posted 3 Months Ago


3 Months Ago

True that. We must hope the end is not painful and agonizing. If only we could choose our exit pat.. read more

3 Months Ago

Hahaha... Wow... Deep as heck...
you have found your way found your manner
words and pen a powerful team
this piece has so many stand alone lines
'endless silence, as demise creeps in with stealth'
strong revealing reveling resounding

Posted 3 Months Ago


3 Months Ago

Speaking as a newbie, your comments are very encouraging. Thank you so much Sir!
ABG 2.0

3 Months Ago

your words give credibility to your thoughts
time spent here is not important
content .. read more

3 Months Ago

Agreed, but that feeling of newness comes naturally to those taking their first step, although that .. read more

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Added on June 29, 2017
Last Updated on July 1, 2017
Tags: Death, Life



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