If I Die Young…

A lot of people I know have been infected with Corona in this second wave. Almost everyone in this part of the world knew someone who succumbed to Corona. Everything is so unpredictable. I am not suicidal or depressed but I was in a rather pensive mood and was contemplating the possibilities. Better to be prepared, eh? Just like we have nominations for investments, buy insurance policies, make a will etc. I don’t wish to say goodbye just yet. But, who has seen tomorrow? Anyway, I kept playing this song while writing and I still remember the first time it played years ago, it made me ruminate even then, and every single time I heard it. It’s such a beautiful song. I highly recommend it.

Let this frame hug me like a prayer….

If I Die Young… – Ruelha

If I die young.
And my words remain unsung.
Confused what you should do.
Let me make it easy for you.
I pay an annual subscription.
To host all that I've written.
Please don't erase my poetry.
It meant everything to me.

Please let my blog be.
Like lifeless potpourri.
Filled with flowers that didn't die.
Even though I'll be away in the sky.
Sometimes when you're dead, people start listening.
Maybe my voice will echo in the ears of those with whom I'm speaking.
Let this be a part of my legacy.
Entwined in the letters of fantasy.

If I die young.
And my words remain unsung.
Confused what you should do.
Let me make it easy for you.
Don't mourn for me.
Because my spirit will be free.
If you choose to pay homage,
Come ye all as a colourful collage.
Colours represent freedom to me.
I'll be diving into that divine sea.

Clothe me in dark green, any shade of pink or bright mango yellow.
Let it be known unto all, my true personality was never mellow.
Don't use cloth or a pillow to raise my head.
Instead, lay my twenty year old Bible in my perpetual bed.
Let me have my final rites in the city of my ancestors.
But in all sincerity, a funeral or epitaph wouldn't really matter.
It's just a preference, but even if it weren't feasible.
For whatever reason, if my corpse were irretrievable.

If I die young.
And my words remain unsung.
Confused what you should do.
Let me make it easy for you.
If my resources permit, please sponsor an underprivileged baby girl.
Commencing with the beginning of her life till she becomes an adult pearl.
Distribute a few Dairy Milks to underprivileged toddlers.
That still remains one of my favourite chocolates life offered.

From the things that I truly own, my eyes have been my most noted feature.
I really don't know how I was born with blue, but they changed colour.
Up until now, I have perfect eyesight and six by six vision.
Please let someone have my eyes and the gift of sight, that would be my decision.
And since I have very long hair.
I'd like to make a wig with a cancer patient to share.
And if my organs can be harvested and be put to use,
Let them be removed and taken; please don't refuse.

If I die young.
And my words remain unsung.
Confused what you should do.
Let me make it easy for you.
Don't waste your money on a single flower.
Just let this frame hug me like a prayer.
Reminding me that I lived and truly loved.
Along with me, upon it let mud be shoved.

And if you join my hands and hold them with rosary beads.
A photograph of my family in between them, I plead.
And if none of this were possible, it's still okay.
Because it wouldn't matter and I'd be far away.
But if I were given the opportunity,
And you were made to listen to my homily.
Reach out to one another; before religion comes humanity.
Spread joy, peace and love; mankind needs it so badly.
-RUELHA 
www.ruelha.com 
© Copyright Protected. All Rights Reserved.

Lyrics of the original song by The Band Perry

If I die young, bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song
Oh-oh, oh-oh
Lord, make me a rainbow, I'll shine down on my mother
She'll know I'm safe with you when she stands under my colors
Oh, and life ain't always what you think it ought to be, no
Ain't even gray, but she buries her baby
The sharp knife of a short life
Well, I've had just enough time
If I die young, bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song
The sharp knife of a short life
Well, I've had just enough time
And I'll be wearing white when I come into your kingdom
I'm as green as the ring on my little cold finger
I've never known the lovin' of a man
But it sure felt nice when he was holding my hand
There's a boy here in town, says he'll love me forever
Who would have thought forever could be severed by
The sharp knife of a short life
Well, I've had just enough time
So put on your best, boys, and I'll wear my pearls
What I never did is done
A penny for my thoughts, oh no, I'll sell 'em for a dollar
They're worth so much more after I'm a goner
And maybe then you'll hear the words I've been singin'
Funny when you're dead, how people start listenin'
If I die young, bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song
Oh-oh, oh-oh
The ballad of a dove
Go with peace and love
Gather up your tears, keep 'em in your pocket
Save 'em for a time when you're really gonna need 'em, oh
The sharp knife of a short life
Well, I've had just enough time
So put on your best, boys, and I'll wear my pearls

50 Comments

    1. I am certain this language is German because I just love everything about Germany. I’m going to have to use a translator though. I just understood 4 words…not bad, eh?

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  1. Oh dear, this is a heartfelt poem amazing than the original poem.❤️❤️ But I read this with heavy heart and I pray that you may live long to love and be loved!!! You are a sweetheart and I didn’t enjoy reading this like I do in all your other poems. Love and prayers dear Ru. ❣️❣️🤗🤗

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    1. Preeths, you are such a sweetie. Thank you dearie. I pray that you live very long and happy, learn the fascinating secrets of the universe, see and feel all the beauty in this world and life and keep smiling throughout your days. Love and hugs baby.

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  2. My sweet Indian orchid, you’re a wise as strong woman, Corona ‘s a Russian roulette where we only a player in the casino, take care, safe sound and all the best. A big kiss from David from Madrid, Spain. Love Ruelha

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  3. I know these times are hard Poonam, I know this but please retain your hope! Take the strength of your loved ones and give it back to them in spades!! We shall overcome and this too shall pass!! Stay blessed!

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    1. What ya Collin! Poonam! You forgot my name! Thank you so much for those grace-filled words of encouragement. This too shall pass, yes. Amen. Take care and stay blessed. 🙂

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  4. SMiLes Dear Rue Love How You Linked So Many
    Of Your Poems to The Words Contained in this One

    Do Take Care Dear Rue i Worry Lots About my

    FRiEnDS in India, Etc, Don’t Wanna Lose Any

    More Dear FRiEnDS

    True Just

    Lost Another

    Young Indian FRiEnD
    Too And True if You Ever
    Go Away to the Spirit World

    Your Soul Continues to Breathe
    HeaR too my FRiEnD Hehe if You

    Don’t Trust Word Press So Much As
    They Do Go A Bit Wonky Now And Then

    You Could Do Like me too And Fit All Your

    Poetry in the Description Areas of Your Profile

    (9,000 Words Will Fit in Each Description Area)

    Pics on Facebook too Just A Hobby Yet it Works

    Celebrating my 4 Year Anniversary of Doing that
    This Memorial Day Weekend of “FB Profile Pic Bible
    Vol 2021 4 YEaRS-Old” Scanning Over The Photos for
    Just This Previous Year There are Approximately 2100
    Profile Pics With 16.8 Million Words Total Contained Yes All Photo
    Themed With Some Themes Duplicating With 20 Profile
    Pics Accounting For About 1.3 MiLLioN Words A Year
    Totaling 5.3 MiLLioN Words in 4 Years Now Since
    (All The Words Before That Are Already Copied
    And Pasted on my Facebook Blog Page too)
    Memorial Day Weekend of 2017 Hehe And
    On Top of that ‘Back-Up’ Nearly Every Word
    of the Whole 9.2 MiLLioN Words (Way Over
    100,000 Photos That Come With It too)
    Long Form Poem “SonG oF
    mY SoUL” is Just A
    Copy and

    Paste of

    Free Verse Poems

    Yes Letters Written To Folks

    All Around the Globe As ‘They
    Say’ Don’t Put All Your ‘Easter
    Eggs’ In One Basket Yeah More

    Precisely i’m probably the only one
    Who Suggests it Exactly This Way too hehe

    Plus i Administrate 7 Blogs Total Some
    With Copy and Paste of Most of it And
    Write on Philosophy Sites the Same

    Just Hatching Easter Eggs
    Hehe Every Where i Go…

    Just Leaves of

    Living Tree

    Feeding

    me Green Where

    i Go And Falling Effortlessly

    Brown to Fertilize Souls Green

    For Other Living Trees too As Like that

    Dude Who Sells Beer on TV Says “It’s

    Never Too Early To Beef Up Your Obituary”

    With SMiLes Meanwhile Please Get A Vaccination

    As Soon as You Can And Will Science Proves They
    Work Protecting Us And Others too That i Pray Now too…

    i Feel Like You Are One of the Most Interesting People i’ve
    Ever Met You Are A Real Keeper Living And Still Living in Art too…

    HAha Meanwhile

    Just Another

    Buffet

    Stay

    Thirsty my FRiEnD…

    Oh Yeah And the Way
    i Got Acknowledged By
    The General Audience
    As Famous And Living

    Legend Is Beyond All Religion
    Of Words too Just A Non-Verbal
    Public Dancing Endeavor For Fun Solo Where

    No One Else Dares to Dance in a ‘Foot Loose’
    Town of 500 Square Miles Around me in the
    Toxic Patriarchy of Trump South USA AHa

    What 14,866 Miles of Public Dance Will Do too
    Just For Fun Living A Golden Age in Freedom What 92 Months of Public Dancing Does…

    Other Folks Are Just too Afraid to Do It Still Not Even one Brave Enough to do it Now

    Honestly It’s A Sure Way to Love Your Neighbor All of Them Beyond Religion Now

    i Feel Sense

    At Least

    One Character

    In A Story Who

    Will Totally Agree With me now…

    A Story Is Not Enough A Dance Breathes Now…

    Stay Thirsty my FRiEnD Carry A Chalice of Blood With No Walls (Love)

    And True Not Unlike ‘The Most Interesting Man In the World’ I too Wore

    A Beard That Was Quite Popular Among Some of my Women Friends too

    Here i am Ahead in a Race on a Bridge Back in 1983 Yes Senior Year in
    College At Age 22 Graduating With 3 Degrees True i Shaved it At age 24
    Just to Change my Identity i Will Leave You HeaR Now To Avoid A ‘Fredache’ for You

    With

    SMiLes…;)

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    1. I remember this pic Fred, you had posted it earlier as well…. damn, it’s been long,eh? Life, time….it just flies! I am sorry you lost another friend to Covid. I do hope to get my hands on the vaccine. I try my luck everyday. It’s difficult to get a slot. I’m not scared or negative in my approach, just a little practical considering the statistics. It is a good opportunity to let people know what I’d prefer 🙂 Oh yes, certainly a good idea to backup everything. I haven’t done that…all eggs here. I can’t go back to save 430 poems now. It would be too difficult, now. But I like your suggestion a lot. Hope all is well with you guys too. Take care and stay safe. 🙂

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      1. Yeah i Probably Told You
        Last Time i Posted the
        Photo I had Forgotten
        It Existed until
        We Found it at
        my Mother’s Home
        After She Passed Away
        In February of 2017

        Running Ahead of
        Other “Healthy
        “Normal People”
        At 22 on That

        Bridge Was indeed
        A Freedom Bridge
        as Running

        Was A Key
        That took me
        Out of A Horrible
        2 Year Cycle of
        Depression During
        College With My
        First 3 Month Stint
        Of Out of Control
        Mania too In The
        Middle of The

        Two

        Depressing

        Years That Seemed

        Like Forever Then

        Indeed i

        Vaccinate

        Myself With

        Acts Of Balance

        In Acts Of Dance

        And Song Everyday

        Without Fail As Lifelong

        Therapy Still For

        Over 93 Months

        Dancing This

        Tight Rope With

        Ease What FRiEnDS

        With Gravity And

        God

        Same

        Breathes

        i Will Pray
        Real Hard
        You get that
        Shot Real

        Soon Dear

        Rue And if Anything

        Ever Did Happen to
        You i Wouldn’t Let

        Your

        Poetry

        Go Cold

        Same

        As i Did
        For my

        Other
        Sweet

        Indian FRiEnD🙏

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  5. Beautifully written my friend, you have so much to give to this world. I have been following what has been going on in your country and have been praying for it as well. My prayer is that our Lord will protect you and your loved ones, and hopefully the worst will be behind you real soon. Sharing on quietmomentswithgod

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  6. I haven’t heard that song before, but I enjoyed it. The video brings “Anne of Green Gables” to mind–have you read that book? I have been thinking of you, hearing the news about the latest wave of virus in India. I pray that you and those you love will survive and that soon this entire crisis will come to an end. Meanwhile, your thoughts of leaving a legacy including your poetry and your readers certainly makes sense. I also hope that my writing and my readers outlive me. J.

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    1. Hey there. It’s weird you know… I love to write but I have never really read a book. I read the Bible, used to read my textbooks and work related stuff. But, I never had the habit of reading. Everyone finds that bit rather strange because I love to write so much.
      Thank you so much for your prayers andgood thoughts. Positive vibes definitely help. I really hope the world returns to some semblance of normalcy soon.
      My writings and my blog is what I treasure the most. So, I’d love to have my essence and words live a tad longer than me. 🙂

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    1. Oh Jeff. That’s so sweet of you. I am not infected. I am safe and healthy. But thank you so much for your kind concern. This was more of a ….. just in case something ever happened.

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    1. Brother Mattttttttttttt…..
      You’re one of the few people I would call on for prayer. I know you’re such a nice pastor and friend and such a goooooood human being. Thank you for just existing and being ‘you’.

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