Before I die…


By Jama Jack

Treat me right…
Make me feel it before others do
I’m going to die a digital death
News on the Internet even before my neighbour knows
Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram beating Teletext
You’ll rush to change your profile pic
Before you let a tear fall
Making the world
know how ‘shocked’ you are
How you’ll miss me and all the times we shared
I don’t blame you, won’t blame you
It’s the times we live in, I forgive you
For using my death to get more likes
More profile views, more retweets
Accepting messages of condolence
Responding to every ‘RIP’ with an ameen
Glad that you could remember me
Do that for me, even though I can’t see
I hope the prayers get answered
But now I hope for different
Treat me right
Make me feel your
love while I’m still alive
Because it means more to me now
Than when I’m 6ft deep, a feast for worms
Can’t hear your wails,
can’t feel your pain
Hug me now when
we can share the pangs
Celebrate with me, let’s share a laugh
So when I’m gone
and you write of missing me
There really would
have been a reason to feel that way
So I ask that you
Treat me right
Celebrate me while I’m still here
For we never know
what tomorrow holds
And regrets are the
kisses death leaves when it’s done
Taking my soul, your soul, every man’s soul
Regrets for what could
have been but wasn’t
Forgive my mistakes, I’ll forgive yours
For when I breathe my last, it would have been too late
All you’ll have is a picture of me, smiling
And memories that were never made
As you eulogise me on this online space
Treat me right
Before I die.