HAVE you ever seen death? Not dead people, but death? Did you ever see a dog hit by a car, and watch him struggle, and whine, and sob? That is part of death. Have you ever read about a person taking poison and the way he gasped in agony, breath coming shorter and faster until there was no more breath? That too, is part of death. Have you ever smelled the odor of gangrene? No struggle here, just a repugnant odor. Did you ever sit up all night with an old person, all worn out by life, and watch him slowly grow weaker until at last a soft gurgle of the death rattle in his throat tells you he has passed away? This too, is part of death.
Van Der Moere, Lee W.
"Death Leaves You Like That,"
Manuscripts: Vol. 14
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/manuscripts/vol14/iss3/8