Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Eunice Lee

We often see news of death in the papers. As the article progresses, there'd be the deceased's love ones telling how good, kind, caring he/shewas before the End blackened the horizon for the victim. And we'd tsk-tsk for a moment, feel sad for a moment.

And that's it. Really. We don't know them except for that three lines of column-shortened sentences in one article.

We don't feel much because all we have proof of her/his life is in the words of others.

But when it's their own words... their own words on how their life were before the End. A glimpse of life before the mortality-clock stops. A Vibrant Soul suddenly coughed, choked and died. Fullness becomes Emptiness. Elvis has left the building. This gnawing feeling is in my chest that I can't seem to shake off for the moment.

If you've been following Malaysian news, you'd know of Eunice Lee's death. She's only 18. She's a Straight-A student and participated in this year's Seventeen competition. She studied in Maluri Secondary School, TAR College and KDU. An active Rotaract member and a recipient of The Star Education Fund.

Black and white, and printed to millions.

Then a stumble into her blog. One blog that will never be updated again. That little peek is heartbreaking.

26th September 1987 ~ 19th October 2005
Eunice, I do not know you, but may you rest in peace... More than 500 people attended your memorial, that's your footprints carved in stones.

My mother commented it was such a pity. Furthermore she's a Straight-A student.

Is it really?

Is that how we measure a life's worth?

What's behind your smile?

"Knowing that I'm alive. Every day is full of surprises and I'm excited to know what can happen in a matter of 24 hours!" Eunice Lee Cay Shing, 17, Seventeen Cover Girl Search 2005

1 comment:

gianne said...

from blog-city!:

1. dreamer idiot left...
Wednesday, 9 November 2005 10:20 am

Happened to drop in, was bored, while waiting for an important e-mail. Anyways, though this might not be related this poor girl, eunice's suicide, the lines of these poetry do resonate somewhat.


2. dreamer idiot left...
Wednesday, 9 November 2005 10:23 am

oops, the link didnt work

Basically, the site is http://readerseye.blogspot.com

look for Oct 2 post...

3. GenieOnTheLoose left...
Wednesday, 9 November 2005 3:52 pm

eh, eunice didn't commit suicide la... she died out of the blue on suspected pneumonia (or my mom's friend who knew her, suspects bird flu).

but yea, the last lines of the poem.... thanks for the link though, nice site there. when i'm free, i'm gonna read them poems

4. dreamer idiot left...
Wednesday, 9 November 2005 7:21 pm

Ooops, I guess I am the 'confused soul' instead. :) Probably was mislead when you wrote 'Is that how we measure a life's worth?' and 'What's behind your smile?'.

Glad that your liked that site, and if u come across other nice 'literary blogs, do let me know. Thx.

Bird FLu. Yeah, if our government is not watchful, we will become the bird flu 'incubator' for a pandemic, especially with the porous Thai border in the North. Well, I hope they know what they r doing.

5. GenieOnTheLoose left...
Monday, 14 November 2005 3:38 am

ah, maybe it was the way i wrote it, ack :|. too many cases of people jumping off roofs just because of grades... i tihnk it's pretty dumb, but then again there's society, pressure and great disappointment.

rarely can find good literary blogs.

hahah, if bird flu is detected in m'sia, hope they won't be like china, keep it a secret (erm, what was that outbreak's name again? singapore lost quite a number of their citizens to that disease)