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Death
by Lillian Sara Cauldwell

Thursday, March 04, 2004
Rated "G" by the Author.
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In Memory of my sister-in-law who died of Breast Cancer, March 3, 2004.

The face of death
lingered
near the surface
as her balding scalp
and sun drenched head
faced the wall.
With calm grace
and peaceful acceptance,
she waited
for her inevitable downfall.
Doomed,
she prepared
her final message
of farewell.
Her family stood,
shuffling their feet
as their pain swelled
enclosing them
in their own hell.
Weary faces,
tear stained cheeks,
they waited,
an assembly forever
frozen
in silent prayer.
Like a queen
of regal beauty,
she lay in the bed
conscious, not aware
at the fuss
made around her.
As she slept,
she heard
a young voice
shrill
against
a background of stillness,
a weighted sigh indrawn.
A crack
in the silence
she heard
the voice say:
one-two
buckle my shoe;
three-four
close the door;
five-six
pick up sticks;
seven-eight
close the gate;
nine-ten,
alone
at the end.
The sigh once released
filled the room
with minimal expectations.
Her head fell back
upon the pillows
and breathed her last
disturbing us all.


 


 


 

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Reviewed by Lois Christensen 5/19/2008
At least she was surrounded by her loved ones and that made you all feel better I know. Death is cruel and when the good Lord wants you he takes you wherever. Death is not final though. She is up there with the angels and doing great works and things and praising god best of all.
Reviewed by Deborah Munson (Reader) 3/30/2008
Wonderful write of the end of life. Almost exactly duplicated with my dear grandma Renee in her bedroom in our home with family all around young and old alike as she passed on. Deborah
Reviewed by Shannon Phoenix (Reader) 8/4/2007
Haunting, emotional, eloquent, beautiful. I am so sorry for your loss.
Reviewed by Miller Caldwell 7/11/2007
How keen the writer's mind becomes in the face of tragedy. Yet you speak for us all who are priviledged to attend the end of life. It does not matter how long we tred this life as long as we leave it better in some little way. Your poetry will live forever.
Miller
Reviewed by Gerald Tate 5/29/2007
Happened to me with my dad. This sad poem brought me back to then. Very neatly written
Gerald J Tate
Reviewed by Dave Harm 3/19/2005
Wow... powerful write, that way to many people have experienced... I wouldn't wish cancer on my worst enemy... sorry for your lose
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 3/4/2004
My sympathies, Lillian. Having watched several of my friends and family die of cancer, I am in awe of their courage. Blessings to you. Remember her as she was.

Elizabeth



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