I remembered the rise and fall of your chest
that gloomy afternoon...
I took a closer look at you
in the hospital bed where you lay....
Your beautiful face was swollen
and your eyes stared into empty space.
I was right next to you, but couldn’t see me...
 
I felt the erratic rhythm of your dying breath.
Your mottled grey, cold hands quivered
when I reached out to hold you.
Your shrunken, darkened tongue moved...
A sound inaudible followed...
and yet I understood...
It must be the familiarity of our greetings
when we're together...
 
I couldn’t see your beautiful smile anymore
and couldn’t feel your awaiting warm hugs.
Deep melancholy surrounded me.
Tears immediately welled up in my eyes
and rushed down my face uncontrollably.
 
I whispered in your ear with hope
that you could still hear me....
As I uttered my last goodbye,
I bestowed a prayer for you...
...that you would never be alone...
I prayed for angels to be there
and hold your hands to the other
side...
....where Eternal peace awaits.

(20150530)

Remembering the last hour with my Aunt Oming

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Mr Moonlight
about 4 years

A beautifully written description of such a sad moment.

Imrogue
about 4 years

Thanks for reading and commenting. I keep the faith for it would be very disheartening to imagine if my love ones got nowhere to go after this lifetime....

Tony Hill
about 4 years

Deeply moving. I have read many of your poems but the first two stanzas are the best you have written. The detail of your description in some way detaches you from the event, which is always the case when someone is dying. I'm a non-believer, but I hope I'm wrong.

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