All she heard was a loud noise.
What just happened? She thought
She was on the ground
Flash lights are all around.
She looked up from the ground and stretched out her hand to be pulled up
This is strange, why are they not helping me?
It was hard for her to understand
Why are people crying, holding hands?
Why are some in shock and just gazing ahead?
Why is there an ambulance?
She got to her feet and went to see
“Hello” she called “what is happening?”
No one answered. All were crying at the sight in front of them
They are all looking at me so why can’t they hear me? She thought
And suddenly it hit her
A car accident just happened
That left someone with an unrecognisable face
Left someone somewhere mourning
“What happened?” She asked again as she tried to see
But no one would answer her
She pushed through the crowd freely even when there wasn’t much space
She got closer and peeped to see what happened
If only I could see the lifeless human on the floor she thought
And then the sight she saw threw her back
A terrible shock of realisation
She was dead. It was her who had been hit by that truck
No…….she cried. This couldn’t be
I am here. I can see it all
I can hear it all
Is that why they can’t hear me?
Is this really happening?
She heard another cry, a louder one
“Mum!!! Listen to me, they are crying for me
Their screams are all I hear
Please stop them, make it stop tell them I’m here, mum! Mum!”
She slumps to the floor, her heart sank
“She can’t hear me either” she concluded
She was gone. Gone to that sacred place
And there goes the end for her
It was just a little trip to the store down the road
Now it is a journey to the land of no return
Life this minute is a totally different life the next minute.
She didn’t plan it
She didn’t imagine it
Yet it happened…
“Sarah!!!” She heard.
It was a loud call; she struggled to find who called
And then she opened her eyes
And it was all a dream
Her dream of how life can be so unpredictable, very unpredictable
How life can be so quick
No one knows the next minute, no one plans for it, no one knows tomorrow
That’s how fast life is.
So while you live, do all the best you can, you never know if you’ll make tomorrow.
Oluwadamilare Awe tweets @acoustichannah