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Poem: Slipping Away

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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

© 2020 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 24, 2020:

Anupam,

Thank you.

I am delighted you stopped by for a read.

Have a great day.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on June 24, 2020:

Nicely woven the pain of a lover watching the pain of beloved.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 06, 2020:

Ruth,

Thank you.

Have a wonderful day!

Kathryn Collins from UK on March 05, 2020:

touching

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 30, 2020:

Lora,

Thank you for your heartfelt words.

I am sorry you had to deal with this situation.

It is so very hard to stand there and helplessly watch.

I appreciate your thoughtful words.

Thank you.

Lora Hollings on January 29, 2020:

This is a beautifully written poem, Brenda. You did a great job in creating an image of a woman who has been deteriorating before this man's eyes and knowing that she is suffering. It is so difficult to be around loved ones who are in this situation and you feel so helpless to be able to give them comfort. I'm very familiar with this situation as it happened twice in my own family. I prayed many times that God would take them home soon and stop their suffering. He answered my prayers. Thanks for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 27, 2020:

Ms.Dora,

Sorry to hear you endured this pain at your mother's bedside, but I understand.

It is so difficult to watch.

It is a sad / glad moment when someone leaves us this way.

Thanks for your heartfelt words.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 27, 2020:

Your poem describes my experience with my mother during her final days. I stayed alone at her bedside, not wanting to leave to call anyone else lest I missed her last breath. The end to suffering is a sad-glad moment.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 25, 2020:

Manatita44,

Thank you for reading.

I only wish no one had to endure this suffering, but I suppose it is part of life.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 25, 2020:

Ruby,

It is a sad fact. It almost makes one wish he could just die instantly before this part of life becomes a reality.

Thank you for your heartfelt comments.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 25, 2020:

Lorna,

Thank you so much.

This moment in life is a very trying one.

I appreciate your kind words.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 25, 2020:

John,

It is a very sad moment. It is so difficult to watch someone suffering this way.

Thanks for reading.

manatita44 from london on January 25, 2020:

A poignant piece and a good remember of how it can or will be as you grow old.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 25, 2020:

This is a sad but realistic poem. Aging comes if we live long enough, a sad truth. When we can no longer care for ourselves we want to have a new body, and that means heaven. Beautiful poetry.

Lorna Lamon on January 25, 2020:

This is such a realistic poem filled with pain, longing and remembering. A tender and sensitive portrayal of this final journey Brenda. Beautifully written.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 25, 2020:

This is heartbreakingly sad, Brenda. The poem is well-written and good accompanying videos.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 24, 2020:

Umesh,

Thank you so much.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on January 24, 2020:

Beautiful poem Brenda, it touches deep somewhere. Nicely presented. Good writing.