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Poem: Affliction of an Illness

I am a writer. My passion is poetry. I feel words connect people together and help us to understand the feelings we share.

Poem Summary

Affliction of an illness is a poem about watching someone you love face a devasting illness. Tears fill your eyes as you watch him stumble through each day losing pieces of himself. You hope he will regain his strength and become his old self again. No longer wearing a pretend smile.

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Affliction of an Illness

Water drips from her sad, frightened eyes

watching him wither away,

losing the freshness of his manhood.


Attempting to find his youth,

walking with feet that stumble,

trying to force his tired eyes

to stay awake,

gasping with each breath he takes.


Pretending that nothing is wrong

while in public view,

unveiling a smiling mask

with his suit of armor.


Hoping the day comes soon

when he feels young and spry,

ready to take on the world,

leaving his false face in the rear-view mirror.

"Live Like You Were Dying - Tim McGraw"by

© 2021 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 01, 2021:

Sankhajit,

Thank you.

Have a nice day.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on February 01, 2021:

nice work...thanks for sharing

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 31, 2021:

Pretending nothing is wrong

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 30, 2021:

Nithya,

Thank you so very much.

Have a great weekend.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 30, 2021:

Touched my heart, beautifully expressed.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 27, 2021:

Sankhajit,

Thank you so much!

Enjoy your day.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on January 27, 2021:

really beautiful piece

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 26, 2021:

Misbah,

Thank you for a lovely comment.

It is hard to see a loved one suffer but I suppose we will all touch upon this one day.

Take care.

Misbah from The Planet Earth on January 25, 2021:

Always beautiful poems coming from your side. REALLY very had to see a loved one suffering.

God Bless you

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 25, 2021:

Dealing with an illness is hard on everyone around

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 25, 2021:

Amani,

You can comment here

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 25, 2021:

Rosina,

Just like life, he has good days & bad days like the rest of us.

Sometimes I don't think the doctors are really looking for a cure. Maybe just an extension of his days.

Sorry, but it is a sad poem. I know you enjoy the brighter side of life...there are those ones too.

Take care & have a great week.

Rosina S Khan on January 25, 2021:

This is a very sad poem, Brenda. I hope doctors are able to cure and recover Ron. And I do pray that you both can really have some good times together. Waiting in anticipation of those very days. God bless!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 25, 2021:

Rosina you can comment here

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 25, 2021:

Pamela,

I read your work on Alzheimer's.

If I can find it in the feed I will leave a comment.

Nice job.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 25, 2021:

Pamela,

Thank you so much.

It is sad to see someone dealing with an illness while you stand there virtually helpless.

I'm glad the words depict it properly.

Have a great week.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 25, 2021:

It is so hard to watch someone you love suffer, and I really felt that pain when I read your poem, Brenda. It was beautiful as usual.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 25, 2021:

Liz,

Having a illness takes it's toll on loved ones as well as the one with the illness.

Have a good day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 25, 2021:

Bill,

Thank you for your kind words about this sad poem.

It is a tragic part of life that we will all observe at some point.

Have a great week.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 25, 2021:

Peggy,

Thank you.

It is definitely a difficult situation to observe.

Have a great week.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 25, 2021:

Your well-written poem paints a sad and moving picture of how heavy a toll serious illness takes.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 25, 2021:

Although I have been very fortunate with my health, I have certainly watched as my loved ones have deteriorated from illnesses, so this poem strikes home for me. Well done, my friend, sad but well done.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 25, 2021:

Those of us who have attended loved ones as their health deteriorates can relate to this poem.