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"Death be not proud"

You stalk your victims mercilessly.

You strike them down swiftly

Or drive them slowly to an end without dignity.

You spare no one: Young Old Man Woman

Famous Unknown.

In the past year alone you have struck

down luminaries

Unimpressed by their achievements:

Gamini Hathotuwegama, Henry Jayasena,

Sesha Palihakkara, H.L. de Silva,

Eva Ranaweera, Christine Spittel Wilson,

To name just a few.

You have killed countless soldiers

Too young to achieve fame.

You came stealthily at dead of night

And felled the person dearest to me.

May lightning strike you as retribution

But may you survive to mend your ways

Be merciful gentle swift

Until such time we humans find a way

To sail into space and eternity

Leaving you earthbound and redundant!

I am using the title of one of John Donne's poems

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