By Charles Towne
Angry words pierce the air like bullets! Drunken anger escalates to fury. Threats are exchanged, then blows. A knife blade rises, falls, flashes in the afternoon sunlight. It plunges deep, once, three, five, seven times. Blood flows, so much blood where no blood should be. The thirsty soil is sated.
“Must conceal what has been done!”
The body is dragged down to the river’s edge and rolled into the cool water. But, horror of horrors, the victim refuses to die! He tries to drag himself from the water’s cold embrace to no avail. His assailant kicks, pummels, curses in a drunken demon inspired rage; until, horribly mutilated, the victim turns away and tries to swim across the stream to the opposite shore, to safety. But it is too much, too much.
He is unable to hold his head above the surface.
“Oh no, it can’t end like this!”
The land is just there.
He reaches out, but it is not enough.
His head goes under, he swallows water, chokes, gags.
He is drowning. Sparks flash behind his fear filled eyes.
He is fully aware but unable to resist.
Finally, it is done.
Consciousness, life evades the living. Blackness, death.
He is swept downstream.
I was in my teens when I found his body.
It is not true that dead men tell no tales. The seven knife wounds were not enough. The autopsy eventually revealed a high alcohol content in his blood as well as water in his lungs.
What insanity causes friend to turn on friend?
A drunken exchange escalates to blows, death. Today, all these years later, it seems we are surrounded with so much anger and violence.
“It is folly to be wise.”
“Let not man revel in his own wisdom but in the perfect will of our infinite God.” Only therein can we find that which man needs so very much, perfect peace, love, and joy.
Let it begin with us.
Please, let it begin with us.
Dear Papa God, we thank you so very much for your love and your mercy. Help us to be a loving people wherein others can learn of you and know you as the merciful friend we need so very much. Praise you o glorious friend that you that you be. In Jesus’ sweet and merciful name we ask this knowing full well that your word is true and that you are faithful, Amen
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Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.