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Goodbye Grandma
by Toris Okotie
Saturday, May 31, 2003

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To my grandmother(Jaje) who is very close to my heart. Today I say goodbye, tomorrow i'll see you again.

She laid straight on the linen bed
With her eyes wild open
Fighting to take a breath,
Her mouth silently closed
Whereas, she always had a word to say

With every breath she took
The clock ticks
For then we knew
Her time has come

So many tears dropped
Wishing, hoping she never leaves
All we ever wanted
Was a miracle, to keep her alive

When I touch her (once) soft cheeks
Her face was cold
And kept getting colder
Until the clock struck twelve

At the end of the clock’s count
Her last breath was gone.
A sword pierce through my heart
Living only the memories of her
I held her by my hands
And whispered these words;
“Goodbye grandma, goodbye”

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Reviewed by Michelle Hudson (Reader) 8/31/2003
Very heartfelt poem.
Sincerely , Michelle
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 6/2/2003
Sorry for your loss. Beautiful write.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/1/2003
((((HUGS)))) toris

i am so sorry for your loss

beautiful tribute poem to her...well done

(((HUGS))) and love,

karla. :(

i lost my gramma in 1995--she was 93
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/1/2003
((((((HUGS)))))) >tears < love, your friend in texas, karen lynn. may god be with you in your time of mourning and loss!
Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader) 6/1/2003
Toris to you across the oceans I send my most sincerest heartfel wishes at your loss <tears>. This is a beautiful piece that is not just a goodbye but a monumental rememberance to everything she was and always and forever will be!!!!
Gods and Goddesses Blessings Always To You!
Reviewed by ***** ********* (Reader) 6/1/2003
As sad as that moment was, as heart-wrenching as it was, it makes all the difference that you were there to say Farewell. I am sorry for your loss. This is a special poem deserved of special praise. Beautifully written!
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 6/1/2003

A beautiful heartfelt write. You were blessed to be there with her at that final moment. Sending you warm thoughts and gentle hugs.

Reviewed by a- maryllis 5/31/2003
Sorry for your loss Toris. This is a Beautiful tribute to your grandma. Remember that as long as you keep her close to your heart she will have never really left. :) Thanks for your comment on my offering tonight... I may write about a red rose soon... :)
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 5/31/2003
Toris, please accept my condolances on the loss of your grandmother. You wrote her an excellent tribute. I too, know your pain well...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/31/2003
Toris, my heart and thoughts are with you. I'm glad you were able to be there. this is a fine write!
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw) 5/31/2003
This brings back memories, Toris! Thank you for your words!
Reviewed by Lynn Barry 5/31/2003
I am so sorry...your words touched my heart and made me want to send my heartfelt love for your loss....beautifully written...
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 5/31/2003
Toris, I am so sorry for your loss. Special people give us special memories. You have some beautiful ones. My thoughts are with you. Lovely tribute to your grandmother, and yes, you will see her again. She will always be with you.
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