Sunday, 26 June 2011

Lamentations of the Living

Well for those of you who didn't know, our fellow blogger Alexia Rue died a short while ago. She was an amazing person and this poem is for her.

Lamentations of the Living

Pale and still she lies there
So young and yet so brave
Surrounded by a noisy convocation
Of green coated doctors and beeping machines
She is separated from them
By the most impenetrable veil of all
The unconquerable divide
The cold black barrier of death

Plagued all her life by extremity
She plunged from depression to mania
From blackest mood to fevered energy
Never at rest
Until now

And as she lies there on the table
The battle is over, the struggle is lost
With a terrible price, a disastrous cost
The loss of a life
The death of a friend
A family now torn apart
The end of the end

And as tears fall
Onto her face
With her eyes that can’t see
Her hands that can’t touch
Her heart that can no longer love
Empty orbs and a soulless shell
The final remains
Of Alexia

As silence is shattered by grief
A heart rending howl of loss
Of sheer devastation
The sound of a hole
A giant void, vast and unreachable
That cannot be filled

The tears fall thicker and faster
Cascading down her face
Each little drop, of salt and sorrow
Serve only to magnify the pain
Of those left behind.

And as the warmth and laughter seeped away
Along with her life
Replaced by a ghastly cold
And a frail otherness
All that was said:
The lamentations of the living
Are the songs of the dead


  1. Octa! This is a wonderful tribute to a fellow blogger. Beautifully written.
    Alexia will never be forgotten. MAy she rest in peace.

  2. I never knew Alexia, but this is a beautiful tribute to another blogger, Octa. May she rest in peace, and I hope she knows that she has some wonderful people praying for her down here.

  3. Oh my God. I didn't know Alexia died. I wish I had known her better and....God, I feel so awful. This is a beautiful poem, Octa, and an amazing tribute to Alexia's memory. Rest in peace, Alexia Rue.

  4. That's a beautiful poem, Octa. Thank you for writing it. We miss Alexia

  5. Although i only spoke to Alexia once, this is an AMAZING tribute and i know she'll never be forgotten...

    i actually cried whilst reading this. that is no easy feat, let me assure you.

  6. I only Spoke to Alexia once as well and she semmed really nice it's easy to tell she had many Friends and that she will be greatly missed