Death and All His Friends


Photo by Sydney Gage

Misfortune devours everything and leaves room for nothing.

Together, they create pain and sufferance.

Death, Disease, Calamity, Temptation—

They’re all driven by moral ignorance,

And they yearn for human condemnation.


Death persuades a sick boy to leave his pain

And fly through the clouds of eternity.

Temptation paints the adulterer’s stain

That leaves him forlorn and feeling filthy.


Disease cages a care-free little girl

And shackles her frail body to her bed.

Calamity darkens a man’s dry world

As his lungs fill with what feels like wet lead.


All your good fortune has come to an end

The moment you meet Death and all His friends.