Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Stranger Died As I Walked Out The Door















Someone woke up today.

Someone woke up today and kissed someone they love on the forehead.

Someone woke up today and kissed someone they love on the forehead, before they left.

Someone woke up today and kissed someone they love on the forehead, before they left, they said

"I love you. Have a good day. I'll speak to you later."

Someone woke up today and kissed someone they love on the forehead, before they left, they said

"I love you. Have a good day. I'll speak to you later. I love you. I love you."

And they replied

"I love you."

And they kissed them goodbye.

For the very last time.

Someone woke up today. But they won't wake up tomorrow.

49 comments:

neda said...

eerie...i love it

deardarl said...

This reads like the last day I spent with my husband.
We hugged, we kissed each other goodbye and said "I love you" as we went in sepparate directions to work.

I drove home to find a policeman at my house, telling me my husband died in a car accident.

Me said...

I'm incredibly sorry for your loss.

Today's post is based on my experience this morning. I walked out the door, to the basement parking lot and a man had had a heart attack outside 5 minutes before I got there. I didn't know him but it was a painful reminder of how short, and completely unpredictable life is.

As someone's already said to me this morning:

Phone the people you love. And tell them.

onecraftylibrarian said...

Love it. I don't say I love you nearly as often as I should.

Anon. said...

This is so sad. Life really is so fragile.

xo

Sentiments said...

Someone collapsed in front of me today. I wasn't able to move and help the old man. And this post is but timely. Reminds me that life is indeed short.

Che Dau Xanh said...

incredible. Iain, you have no idea how many people I have showed you off too. I've linked your site to many of my friends, and they too are now your fans. I hope you are doing well.

Lan

Che Dau Xanh said...

incredible. Iain, you have no idea how many people I have showed you off too. I've linked your site to many of my friends, and they too are now your fans. I hope you are doing well.

Lan

Brittany said...

This gave me chills down my spine.

People do take every day/night/morning for granted without realizing that someone/something can be gone just like that. Better to realize it before it's too late.

I really loved this.

Brittany said...

This gave me chills down my spine.

People do take every day/night/morning for granted without realizing that someone/something can be gone just like that. Better to realize it before it's too late.

I really loved this.

Anonymous said...

I cant help but wonder what if one of us died and never see each other again, would we meet afterlife? I love you...

Anonymous said...

I'll speak to you later.
I love you. I love you.


Word verification: birdici

Yue Huan said...

I hope the other someone would be strong and never forgets that the someone stills loves you. Love is eternal.

Anonymous said...

Sigh. Such a sad post. It makes me over think time. Speaking of...
I've made every effort to save a seat for someone that I love. I've been defending it from all who attempt to take it away from me for a long long time now. I've shouted to the rafters exactly who it was for. And it hurts at times because I cannot help but wonder - at the worst possible potential simple truth. Could it be? Could it really just be that he doesn't want to be seen sitting next to me? Ever? Or will join me someday? The space has been made, but at present the cycles of time and tradition continue and there is a space in my heart that is on reserve too. And so, endlessly I wait. In vain?

Anonymous said...

I was hit by a train on the wrong track....

zonedin said...

I love how your words build up then circle back...the way life is. I see it as a circular spiraling motion and it touches the heart. Hope you know that many people love you and your words:~)

cuppasunshine said...

This happened to my best friend's dad.
Only my best friend didn't get to say "I love you" because they got in a fight that morning.
Ever since, I've made sure to let my father know how much I love him (as well as my mother, brother and close friends).
You just never know.
And that's one of the scariest things in life.

Lotus said...

beautiful, maybe a little sad, but death defines life, and loss makes joy meaningful

Big Mark 243 said...

You,

What a tragic experience. But I have to wonder how long does an 'unattached' experience like that last with us?

I would think that you would have it on your mind more than average, but for a reader like me or any subsquent reader, do they really understand the gravity of these words or are they nodding theire head beccause they know what the words mean?

I am jus' sayin'...

Hopeless Romantic said...

An incredibly heart wrenching reminder that there's no way of knowing when our last day is.

Each day is a gift.

Anonymous said...

death is the biggest lesson a person will ever learn !

Anonymous said...

death is the biggest lesson a person will ever learn !

Anonymous said...

I hate morning time waking up restless, but I am desperately need it. Your words are my drug. They are magic...

Anonymous said...

I am excited and expecting the different things that you are talking abt....It doesnt feel good just waiting....good that you gave me something mandatary to do while waiting restless here...I love you..thinking what I should be wearing today for you...just imaginary...what do you want to see me in? Dress? color? just saying...

Anonymous said...

I tried my purple dress in front of the miror...thought I look like a princess...thank for the warning of "princess of .." I have another dress with purple flowers... you will love it...I mean....

Anonymous said...

okay... off to do the things you mandated....

autocadere said...

Thank you for this post. My grandmother just passed away and I was really having a hard time coping with her sudden demise. Your words showed me how short life is, unpredictable with lots of twists. I regret not being together with her more despite living only a few blocks away.

Once again, thank you for this post.

jaime.peyton said...

Beautiful, but sad.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes I feel like I am dying loving you and needing you...when is this going to end? Soon hopefully...I love you, I need you.

Alyaa said...

This is beautiful Iain :'( Life is short, cherish it, and the people you love.

Big hug to deardarl, my heart goes out to you.

Love, me.

sastraboy said...

simple yang menggigit!

Dineo said...

How so absolutely appropriate. I lost my aunt to Diabetes just this morning.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we are birdie couple before this life...I will be working with you until we are a normal couple again even if that means we will have to work until to the afterlife...:) I love you.

Anonymous said...

It's so hard to believe, that after all this time you'd still be waiting on me. That after all that happened, you were really by my side the entire time. That after every prideful word and cowardly action on my part, you would still have any faith at all concerning the two of us. These are the anomalies that are the hardest equation for me to figure, even with all the formulas I've been given to solve it.

So naturally, I built up walls around myself as a defense mechanism against the idea that maybe I'm wrong. You were never there, I was just dreaming and making it up in my head as I'm so good at doing. A need to destroy whatever it was calling my attention, so I don't fall into a trap. I was a prisoner of my own head, trying to determine what cause and effect my dastardly actions actually had. Who's been watching and preying the entire time? Is it you or is it just tricks of the mind that I can't control?

However, the past is no more and nothing more can be said on it. No more will I stand looking back on what could have been, because it never was. I live in the present, hoping for the future and the opportunities I can find in it.

There's no denying what you did to me, the subconscience trigger of self-destructive insanity. If love is madness, then I have more love than one can know what to do with. Am I sharing it with you, or has the ship already sailed leaving me far behind?

I'll wait, I'll wonder. I hope to see your pretty face again one day, but for now it only seems an intangible dream.

I apologize for my stubborn nature.

Anonymous said...

I am wearing the dress you bought for me while cleaning my closet...wishing we were next to each other..

Anonymous said...

Even you think I was your worst enemy behind you back. I never intended to be your enemy. I was trying to convince them that I didn't have that delusion. I hate to be thought as psychotic, I hate that!

Kyarii in Wonderland said...

Brilliant! Tragically beautiful!

Anonymous said...

We have been doing this to each other... both of us know its real and straight from our hearts. I remember every detail of you and I learn more about you each and every day. Nothing could change that. Love.

Anonymous said...

Being a busy robot, I speak to you in my head every moment...

Anonymous said...

beautiful

Anonymous said...

I hate they think its only one-way street for me...I was/am not your enemy, sweetheart. Its so wrong for you think that way. But I am not so much agaist the idea that we are enemies to each other as man and woman :)
Love.

Tani said...

Oh, this photo. I want this photo so badly.

misspegasus said...

its always too late for someone. cos we always assume that 'they' will still be here tomorrow. im still assuming my mom will be home when i get back home or dad will be up when i get up on the morning. or bro will be home in the evening..... if only we knew when someone was leaving us forever. at least then we could do something abt making their last day the best...

Anonymous said...

I love it... Do you mind if I repost this? I'll give you the credit of course and a link back to your site.

I'm sorry for the loss, though...

melia said...

mmmmm :'( very ironic.

melia said...

very ironic T.T

cinikinai said...

i love the part the man said love you 3 times...and the part the woman said i love you too like yesterday

Anonymous said...

Whoa! I guess I really appreciate my life now. I didn't know people die.

Anonymous said...


You need a reason. Reason: You can deny that you think you aren't but I see right through you. Maybe if you see the sincerity in my eyes, one day you'll finally believe you are with your own set. Ultimately that was my goal all along. The day you die, I'll let you go knowing I did my best to make you believe you were. Because you are.