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Poem: Slipping Away

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Poem Summary

Slipping away is about a man who cannot bear the image of watching a woman on her death bed. Her bones are frail. She cannot dress herself. She can no longer form words to speak. She appears helpless lying on the bed. He begs God to have angels comfort her until he calls her home to heaven.

"If I Had Only Known" by Reba McEntire


Slipping Away

He cannot bear the image in his tearful eyes
as he kneels next to the bed
of a woman who was once young and vibrant.

Now an old woman with thin, wrinkled skin, her bones too frail to touch,
lacking the physical strength to dress herself,
appearing helpless with her unkept, white hair
clothes loosely hanging on her bones
lying on a borrowed hospital bed,
her wobbly feet positioned higher than her head.

Her tongue hardly able to form sounds
to verbally communicate the meaning
she wishes to speak
a sadness lingering in her eyes
as she gazes about the dismal room
imagining things that are not real.

Knowing he cannot handle one more minute
intense sorrow fills his heart,
wondering how much longer she must suffer this enduring, torturous pain,
he begs God to end her suffering,
to send angels to comfort her
until he finally calls her home.

"In The Arms Of An Angel" by Sarah McLaughlin


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