by Joe DeMarco
"The Oshen Family was a simple family. There was a father, a mother, a brother and a sister. The brother and sister were twins. Some people even said they could feel each other’s pain, but they were actually very different from each other. One day they were sent on a chore. It was their job to gather fire wood for evening supper. As the Oshen boy overturned a rock, a black adder uncoiled from behind it, and bit him. He lay on the ground shaking. His sister, Oshen girl tried to save her bitten brother and she too was bitten by the poisonous snake.
As the two siblings lay there dying Oshen Boy asked his Sister, “Heaven (for that was oshen girl‘s name), Are we going to Die?”
“Yes,” Oshen girl replied. “What will death be like?” Oshen boy asked.
“Well, my teacher told me you will see a tunnel of light.”
“And all your relatives will be there.”
“is that Nirvana?” Oshen boy asked.
“It could be, If you make it,” ” Oshen girl told him.
Oshen boy seemed confused. .
“What?” Oshen boy asked
“Death is consciousness nothingness,” Oshen girl replied, “Whatever you want it to be.”
The poison began to sink in, and the siblings suffered, but not for very long. As Oshen Girl’s spirit left her body she thought, “I am free this is wonderful, I am so happy. This is true freedom, I have no boundaries or limits. I AM GOING TO DO WHAT I’ve ALWAYS WANTED. I am going to be everything and nothing. Woo-hoo. Yippee. Wee.”
AS Oshen Boy’s spirit left his body he thought, “I am Free this is terrible, I am so scared, I have no boundaries or limits. THE FEAR OF WHAT IS OUT THERE IS SO TERRIFYING, IT HAS GIVEN MY SOUL PARALYSIS. Oh-no. Ugh. Ouch."
Excerpt from The 4 Hundred and 20 Assassins: Green Mourning
By: Joe DeMarco
Last updated April 18, 2014