Almost terminal…

This story titled, “Almost terminal…” is written for #WriteTribeProBlogger challenge, Day-3 (Prompt: Terminal)

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Almost terminal…

The prognosis felt dire, yet very few really seemed to understand that.

“Is it terminal?” some asked. They had seen her suffering for long, but held on to hope.

“It could be,” said another. “Sometimes she cries without stopping. At other times, there’s not a moist spot in her eyes.”

Those who understood nodded ominously.

“At times, her brother starts to cry, and that makes her cry too. She has been most patient, but we can see her limits are being pushed, that too, by her own children.”

“It’s sad. She’s suffering now for their mistakes.”

“Some of them say they’ll take care of her better from now. But we’ve heard that before, haven’t we? Superficial words, they’ll forget them in a while.”

More nodding followed this declaration.

“If they forget her, they’ll pay a much higher price later. One that they will not be able to afford. If only the fools realized that.”

“If she isn’t terminal now, she soon will be. Unless… she is loved by more of her children. It’s only that love which can save her.”

“But will they? Will they save Mother Earth?”

But for that, the only answer was silence.


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(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
9th October, 2017)

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Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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52 thoughts on “Almost terminal…

  1. Drama originating from a common household I thought… only to be be surprised in the end when I realised the walls of the house have extended to encompass the bigger chunk,… this time mother Earth!
    What a powerful message delivered with a great punch!
    -Anagha from Team MocktailMommies

  2. All I can say is that I have seen someone very close go through this. Did her children care? In the end, yes. Did it make any difference? No.
    Your post is like showing a mirror to many.

  3. I didn’t quite see the twist coming, but I loved this take on the prompt! Mama Earth is reaching a tipping point – it’s imperative that we all wake up and do our bit to look after her.

  4. Indeed Vinay! We are damaging her beyond repair…Some are doing it willingly while other without knowledge and awareness but yet doing it… It is really sad…hope we could do something to save her from further suffering!

  5. I generally don’t like to swear, but I have to say that was bloody awesome! Sometimes I feel we are fighting a losing battle trying to get people to realise that we need to seriously attend to the earth and the environment. And then there will be idiots who get upset because crackers are banned. Don’t they understand that if we don’t take steps immediately, life itself will be banned.

    • I think each has its own demerit, but the priority shouldn’t be misplaced. And it currently seems to be. 🙂 Hope that realization happens and steps are taken immediately, Sunita. Thank you. 😀 Glad you felt it was “bloody awesome”.

  6. Just before the second last line, I was thinking you are talking about Humanity…and then I read Mother Earth. 🙂 Such an apt prose, and almost terminal is so true (although I wish that weren’t the case).
    Congratulations on completing a decade in Blogsville. Keep doing the wonderful work you do. May your pen never run out of ink (or your laptop, out of charge, ;)) and may your mind never run out of ideas! Cheers.
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  7. Superb!! Mother Earth really needs her kin to buck up and take charge for her health and well being.. If at all they understood it will affect their own as well!!!
    What a beautiful take on the work ‘terminal’ I must say!!

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