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They found her


in the restroom.


Breathing still

Heart beating still

And still, still so still.


What they really found

was not her, I feel.


I visited what they found today

At the hospital.


For convenience and courtesy

I shall call what they found

Her, still.


Leo said last night blood poured from her nose.

I envision her brain swimming in it.



The body gasped and choked.

A nurse applied suction.

Why is she on her back? I wondered.


I talked, in case perhaps she could,

from the tomb of coma,

Hear, still.


I told her it was OK to go,

that she need not fear,

and that the Blessed Mother

would enfold her in Her arms.

I wondered if I was lying.


I sang her Mary songs,

Recited the Hail Mary in her ear.


The nurse, who had very clear compassionate eyes

Said my singing calmed her patient.


Death or a life without sentience are the two options now.

I watch her gasp and choke, then snore.


And I put myself in her place.

A place I never wish to be.


Would I, I wonder, have the courage to end it for her?

I mean, what if it goes on and on and on with no change?

Just a thought experiment, for the record.

But one cannot but wonder about these things,

confronted each as we all are,

at one time or another,

with our own Her.


I wondered about life and death,

life after death and living death.


Realized many of my sentimental

and comfortable notions

were deserting me, post-haste.


When I was a child, I had a play telephone

with a recording in it.


It frightened me so much

they had to remove the recording

before I would play with it.


Because I knew this phone was wrong –

I knew about phones, real ones,

but this phone was scary.

Because it looked like a phone,

and behaved like a phone,

but (horror, vertigo!) there was

no one on the other end.



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Reviewed by Lavendar Jazz
This was deep... I enjoyed every moment. I pray that people will write living wills so families and friends don't have to make or think about these types of choices.
Reviewed by Michelle Mead
Wow. This is intense-and amazing.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
You have written a thought-inciting poem, Karen. You provide much substance for reflection. Thank you. Welcome to AD. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Powerfully penned poignancy, Karen, very well written. Reminds me of Anne Sexton, in a way -

"... But one cannot but wonder about these things,
confronted each as we all are,
at one time or another,
with our own Her ..." <---there's the rub - uncomfortable reality

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
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