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Not Alone

I gazed at you
as you lay sleeping,
I tried to stay calm
I was silently weeping.
The machines were
all flashing and bleeping
and I heard the sound
of mechanical breathing.

The family had come
from near and from far.
The decision was mine to sign Dnr.
I was glad I wasn't completely alone
Until one by one they all went home.

So I tucked up your feet
and I folded the sheet.
I sprayed your perfume
and I brushed your hair.
I hoped in my heart
you knew I was there.

I whispered so softly
close to your ear.
I love you Mum
And I want you to know
that we'll be alright
if you have to go.

I wiped my eyes with the edge of my sleeve
and now you had permission to leave.
I left that hospital and I sat in the park
I sat there for hours until it was dark.
I heard heavenly voices
with the playing of harps.
It soothed my soul
and caressed my heart.
A message sent, I wasn't alone

And the wind,

it came with me.

All the way home.

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This poem captures the raw emotions of a loved one watching over someone in critical condition. The use of sensory details, such as the machines flashing and beeping and the mechanical breathing, creates a vivid image of the hospital setting. The speaker's inner turmoil is palpable, as they struggle to come to terms with the decision they must make. The final stanza brings a sense of peace, as the wind serves as a comforting reminder that they are not alone.

One line edit suggestion: In the second to last stanza, "And the playing of harps" could be changed to "With the playing of harps" for smoother flow.

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author comment

to say the least. You have managed to paint an evocative picture of the last duties to a loved one and the sense of peace that
it gives the woman. I don't see anything I would change. Great work!
~ Geezer.

This must be the place, 'cause there ain't no place like this place anywhere near this place

Thankyou.Glad to know the piece works well.

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I'm glad that you have won. Don't rest on your laurels, keep writing and stretching. Great job! ~ Geezer.

This must be the place, 'cause there ain't no place like this place anywhere near this place

Thats amazing .Thankyou.

author comment

A deserving winner, congratulations. Alex

now, that's devotion! what an exceptional write on saying good bye!

*peace... Cat

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