Leave or Be Left by Lai Siew Ping

People say

The greatest tragedy is when a parent loses their child

The loss of a life full of potential

Of all the activities that could have been done

Of all the milestones missed out

Of all the love to give with nowhere to go

But I’ve seen sons and daughters after they lose their parents

The loss of the ones who have loved and cared for them all their lives

And they recall

Of all the hurtful words said

Of all the doors slammed in faces

Of all the times they should have said something but did not

And I wonder

Is it better to leave or be the one left behind

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