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Poem: A Moment Too Late

My step dad recently passed away in a nursinghome. We didn't get to see his room or visit because of coronavirus.

Poem Summary

A moment too late is a poem about a couple separated because he is locked behind the doors of a nursinghome since coronavirus hit. She misses the touch of his hand on hers hoping the vaccine will lead to visits in person. The time arrives too late. Heaven takes him home before she sees him again.

"Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven"

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A Moment Too Late

He is stuck behind the doors

of a place he calls home,

where coronavirus locks the entrance.


She misses his friendly face,

the sound of laughter in his voice,

the touch of his hand on hers.


She yearns for the moment

when the vaccine makes it safe

to open the doors,

with no more disappointing visits

standing outside staring at one another

through a layer of glass.


Tears stream down her cheeks

for the time is arriving much too late,

as heaven opens the gates

taking him home.

"Gone Too Soon" by Simple Plan

© 2021 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 11, 2021:

I hope the vaccine helps other families to see their loved ones.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 09, 2021:

Nella,

Thank you.

I am so sorry you lost your Mother.

My step dad did not actually get covid, but we were not able to visit him due to coronavirus shutting the doors to all visitors.

It was especially hard since he had alzheimer's abd often didn't know us while talking through a window.

There were only certain days we were allowed to do this.

People should be able to see their loved ones and say goodbye but in our case his death was totally unexpected.

Take care & have a nice evening.

Nella DiCarlo from Guelph, Ontario on January 09, 2021:

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My Mom passed away in early 2018, and it was related to a pneumonia outbreak in a nursing home(with other factors). I feel much compassion for those going through something similar, with Covid with the added sadness and stress of not being able to say a proper goodbye. In many circumstances, the goodbyes are never quite complete or comforting. Takes much time to heal.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 09, 2021:

Linda,

Thank you so much.

It is a sad part of this Covid-19, but it happens to many across the globe.

The virus in my small town is not letting up & we are even under curfew from 10 pm until 5 am , but it has not helped.

I do wish people could visit their loved ones before it is too late.

Take care & enjoy your day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 09, 2021:

Manatita44,

So sorry for your Aunts & your loss. This is a time that hits our hearts heavy.

I can't imagine being turned away when you need help the most...has no one got a heart.

I do believe Love is ultimately the only answer, but hooeful this vaccine does help.

Take care & stay smiling.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 09, 2021:

I'm so sorry that your family experienced this, Brenda. I hope the virus situation is solved as soon as possible. It's sad that a solution will be too late to help some people.

manatita44 from london on January 09, 2021:

A poignant and touching one and a massive struggle going on everywhere!

I do not think I have anyone in there, but for some, cancer is big too, and due to Covid-19, some cancer patients are being turned away. Some die. My aunt's partner of 40 years passed three days ago. She took him home rather than leaving him to the hospice. He had Stage 4.

Better news. Stay happy - as best you can - and yes there's a vaccine. The most important vaccine needed right now, is the one for human Hearts: It's called Love, but it acts faster when human capacity ends. Higher blessings.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 09, 2021:

Liz,

I am certain this is happening to alot of people.

It is sad, but a reality.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 09, 2021:

Peggy,

We can only hope this virus can help.

It is truly sad.

Take care and have a nice day.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 09, 2021:

Sadly your poem will strike a chord with too many people.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 09, 2021:

This situation you portrayed is happening to far too many people these days due to the pandemic. It is sad.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 09, 2021:

Ivana,

Thank you.

This poem portrays a real event that happened in our family.

It is heartbreaking & I pray others do not go though this.

Have a nice day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 09, 2021:

Vidya,

Thank you.

There is alot of hope for this vaccine. I do fear the new strains of Covid-19, but hopefully we can visit love ones soon.

Take care.

Ivana Divac from Serbia on January 09, 2021:

This is so emotional and touching. It's also very real. I hope things will be better soon, for all of us.

VIDYA D SAGAR on January 09, 2021:

A very touching poem, Brenda. It is heartbreaking when we are not able to meet our near and dear ones. This virus has taken a toll on so many families. The vaccine is the only hope.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 09, 2021:

Rosina,

Thank you so much!

My only hope is that other families do not have to go through this horrible & tragic event.

It is devastating to everyone not being able to be there.

Take care & have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 09, 2021:

Pamela,

Thank you.

It is so difficult for the ones in a nursinghome as well as the loved ones that wish to see them.

My step dad had alzheimer's and Mom could visit him through a window.

It is so sad, especially when she didn't get to touch him anymore before his death.

I pray this vaccine makes it so loved ones can visit. My thoughts are with your friends.

Take care & have a nice day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 09, 2021:

Bill,

Thank you so much for your kind words.

Take care & enjoy the day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 09, 2021:

Amani,

Nice to see you.

I am hopeful for this vaccine to work but my heart goes out to everyone whom has been effected by not getting to see their loved ones.

It is heartbreaking.

Take care & I look forward to reading more of your work.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 09, 2021:

Chitrangada,

I suppose it does effect those who work in the healthcare industry also.

This covid has definitely put havoc in everyone's life.

Take care & have a nice day.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 09, 2021:

i have a good friend who's father is in a nursing home ans she could only see him through glass. He has dementia and does better when family talks to him. This Covid virus has made so much so difficult. Your poem is very timely as it reflects exactly what is happening. So many are suffering a different ways.

This heartfelt poem is beautiful, brenda.

Rosina S Khan on January 09, 2021:

This poem hits a cord with us. So many of us have not been able to meet loved ones in person in nursing homes due to the absence of a proper vaccine. We know a vaccine is on the way to make the above a reality. Let us all be able to take advantage of it. Good work, Brenda!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 09, 2021:

Louise,

Thank you so much.

I hope the vaccine indeed works.

Take care.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 09, 2021:

Poets are the voices of our generation, and this poem is so very timely and touching, a glimpse at our new reality. Excellent job, my friend!

Amani Utembu from Nairobi -Kenya on January 09, 2021:

This is really sad.... I just hope that this vaccine really does something....

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 09, 2021:

This is heartfelt Brenda.

There are so many healthcare workers, frontline professionals, who couldn't meet their loved ones, due to this deadly virus. After attending their duties, they have to isolate themselves.

Thank you for sharing this well expressed poem.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on January 09, 2021:

Covid is such a horrid disease. I hope these vaccinations soon work. It's a lovely poem you wrote.

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