He lost his life due to talking needlessly. Kagwa used to hunt loin in the forest. One day when he was wandering in the forest he came across the skull of a dead man. Kagwa was surprised to see that skull and asked what had brought it there. The skull opened its mouth and told that talking had brought it there. But he failed to understand the meaning of these words.
Kagwa was a simple fellow and could not conceal this unusual discovery. Immediately, he went to the king and told him this unbelievable incident. The king suspected the truth of his story but sent two guards with him. He instructed them if his story proved false the hunter must be put to death. They explore the forest for many days and nights. At last they found the skull. The hunter asked it the same question again but the skull remained silent. Kagwa requested the skull gain and again to speak and save his life but the skull did not answer. The king's men promptly killed the hunter there and punished him for his talkative tongue. At that moment the skull opened its mouth and asked Kagwa how he had come there. The dead man answered "Talking brought me here'.
The general atmosphere of the poem is gloomy and fearful. The presence of a talking skull and the killing of the hunter terrify us. The message in the poem is that one should be very careful when talking to others and especially to men of authority.