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As Long As He Gets Well
by Steve E Ralph
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
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He tried to end his life today,
with a massive overdose.
He believes nobody cares for him,
even those that care the most.

So he took his medication
all at once to end the pain,
which caused a massive stroke,
and two large bleeds within the brain.

And he's been on life support now,
for just under a week,
while I sit beside his bed
and hold his hand and softly speak.

In the hope that he can hear me,
in his semi-conscious state,
and realize how much I love him,
although he's doubted it of late.

Though when he wakes, I know he'll be
so angry and distraught,
for not allowing him to die,
the way he'd planned and thought.

And he will become abusive,
to myself and nurses too,
and deny he tried to end it all,
the way most people do.

And he won't believe I've traveled
may miles, every day,
because I care about him,
no matter what I say.

He'll believe I go to visit
out of meanness or from spite,
and say, he never asked me
to visit, and he's right.

I go because I want to,
and I go because I care,
I go because when all's said and done,
that's my brother lying there.

With more tubes into his body
than I've ever seen before,
his life hung in the balance,
his survival still unsure.

So When he wakes, even if he says
that I can go to Hell,
That's ok, I can live with that,
as long as he gets well.


By S.E.Ralph

7/6/2015

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Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
What an amazing poem of true compassion, Steve.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
You have great empathy and courage to carry on. That very thing happened to my partner's sister last year. A stroke caused bleeding to her brain and they had to open her skull to reduce the pressure and induce a coma. The sisters had been estranged for several years over disagreements after their father died. My partner, like you, went to her side in the hospital. When she woke up, with brain damage, she lost her short-term memory and now spends her time regretting her behavior and rekindling old memories. The two are very close now as result of this personality change.

Perhaps you may be surprised when your brother comes out of it. But brain damage has no up sides. He may become very dependent on family to live or go into an institution.

Ron
Reviewed by Michael Schafer
I can't say it any better than Jerry. Best wishes to you and your brother.

Michael D
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton
Such a descriptive and eloquent poem, Steve. I believe I would figure out a better way to end it all than take a chance on pills. I wish for your brother to recover completely and can work through his problems, given another chance.
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