Passive Euthanasia

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Here’s a poem on passive euthanasia, which has been allowed by the Supreme Court, by Dr. Amrinder, for Different Truths.

In case, I become a terminal case
Do not put me on to a ventilator.
Keep it free for those who can survive
Instead of letting the hopeless, linger on.

In case, I become a terminal case
Please do not resuscitate
Let my battle-weary, time-scarred body
Lay down arms, with quiet dignity.

In case, I become a terminal case
Please, no life support for me.
Why keep alive a lifeless life
When, it no longer wants to live.

In case, I become a terminal case
With sunken eyes and wrinkled skin
No amount of IV fluids can restore the
Shrivelled form, to its former glory.

So, just put a flower in my hair
And bid your final farewells,
And let a life well lived rest,
At last, in eternal peace.

©Dr. Amrinder Kaur Bajaj

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Dr. Amrinder Kaur Bajaj is a practicing gynaecologist and the HOD Obs & Gynae at MAX Hospital Pitampura, Delhi. Writing is a passion that has led to the publication of two wellness books, a book of poems, a joke book, and a memoir based on her association with the noted Indian author and columnist Khushwant Singh. She regularly writes columns, articles, travelogues, and short stories for magazines and newspapers and has contributed chapters to medical text books.