Death has become a joke in American society.
When Amy Winehouse died, everyone was singing
“if only she had gone to rehab,
she wouldn’t have died,
but she said no no no.”
Not even hours after Whitney Houston was pronounced dead,
everyone was laughing over the joke,
“I guess she will always be Waiting to Exhale”
and people were crippled with laughter over the thousands of MIchael Jackson jokes before his body had even grown cold.
But death is not a joke around the dinner table
or something to make light of.
“she should just go and kill herself already”
is not a phrase that should be uttered in the high school hallways.
death is “Car Wreck Kills Mother of Three” tragic
death is “Drug Overdose Takes Brother and Husband Too Soon” monstrous
death is “Only Son Killed Overseas” Disastrous
death is “Suicide Causes Whole School to Mourn” sickening
death is not yours to take and manipulate for a laugh
death is final
death is terrifying
death is dreadful
death takes and takes and takes
but death never laughs
and death never jokes