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August 10, 2015

Half Way House
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My in laws need a temporary stay in a nursing home.

So my wife and I went there to check it out

Sadness and despair enveloped me

The hopelessness and emptiness of human shadows.

These people are swimming in the river Styx

The river to the underworld.

Figures in wheelchairs.

Slumped and motionless

Their faces, their eyes empty

These people are not here anymore

They, their souls are in transition

Suspended half way

Away from our world

Being carried by the river’s current

Such a depressing feeling

This place is trying to get hold of me

To pull me in it’s deadly current

These people lived long lives

Long lives nearing the end

Lives full of hopes, ambitions, desires.

Lives outside these walls

Now just ashes left

Remnants of lives fully lived

Ashes floating away

I feel sorry for them, afraid

And I cannot help wondering

What awaits me?

What the future holds?

Will I become a ghost of myself?

Slumped in a wheelchair, helpless

No will to go on

The thought scares me

These people

Why go on?

But what are the choices?

Are there choices?

Who is to decide when it is time?

Will I end up like this?

Held up in this world by loved once?

But soon we left the nursing home and we are back among the living

We better live every day I thought

Live it the best we can, do something, enjoy every day.

While we can

We don’t know what the future holds.

Greek myth a river in Hades across which Charon ferried the souls of the dead

[from Greek Stux; related to stugein to hate] http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Styx

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