HOW DO I TELL THEE? A POEM

A poem by a lady who is dying

I look over at his peaceful repose

Hands soft clutching the pillow

A gentle smile as he slumbers

As fast wanes the tallow

When he wakes up

His eyes will be bright

Robust in the pink of his prime

He leaves me not out of his sight


Today I leaned on his shoulders

And held him closer, cheeks moist

I tried to whisper the news

When he bade me sing my ditty, last

Someday love! You'll wake up

And kiss me as per your custom

You'll caress my tresses and sweet say

I love you, but I'll be cold and numb

Darling! Should you mistake it for sleep

And carry on and leave

But come home and find me

No more and bitter, weep

Or should I tell thee now

That my days are fast fading

My night draws nigh

My final farewell, bidding

Nay! I shall preserve this, my silence

Until some morn enlightens thee

But as shadows fall, I pledge thee

Love undying, e'en in my 'ternal reverie

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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

Sharon, this is very nice. Your words are exqusite.


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JKenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

Oh Sharon, another thoroughly outstanding poem. So sad, and yet beautiful and heartfelt at the same time. I love the 'Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep' poem you included at the beginning. It's such a dear poem to me, reminds me of my nan who used to quote it to me frequently. Thank you very much for writing this. God Bless you :)


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India Author

thank you cleaner3!


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India Author

God bless you too JKenny! Do not worry or grieve over your loss, disastrous though, it is. But as you say, the poem Do not stand at my grave and weep gives you solace and strength in the memory itself. God and time heals all wounds and thank you so much for your kindness. God bless and keep you evermore!


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

So incredibly sad and heart warming at the same time. There is beauty in death just as in life and you've captured it as i=only your creative pen can.

(still waiting for the next chapter friend..LOL)


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan

Such sweet and sad emotions flow through these words. Knowing that heaven is your home gives peace to the one who is dying. To those left to mourn, it is a pain like no other.

Thank you for sharing. Were you inspired by a real life event?

God Bless You!

Mekenzie


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow I mean wow.. You are an awesome poet.. I am in awe.

sharing

Debbie


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

a confusing situation. having performed 247 funerals and countless "death watches" I still cannot relate. I have found silence is best.


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India Author

haha... really? that's great to know shiningirisheyes... had completely forgotten it, thought I was the only reader... hehe... LOL so I said to myself no hurry... hehe... wonderful to know I've got a reader besides myself. ;) You're unbelievably sweet my darling shiningirisheyes.. thank you.. it was inspired by Christina Rossetti's after death too... do check it out... I am sure you'll love it! Bless you and good morning! :)


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India Author

No Mekenzie, I was inspired by Rossetti's after death and a particular line there touched me so much, He did not love me living; but once dead

He pitied me; and very sweet it is

To know he still is warm though I am cold.

That is so lovely isn't it, such selfless and pure love.


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India Author

aww... thank you Debbie! You make me tear up by your kindness... bless you and have a great day ahead! :)


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India Author

have you mhatter 99, then you must know how poignant death is and sometimes it brings out the best and strongest in people. Thanks for commenting. Good morning! :)


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myownlife 4 years ago from london

Awesome, totally emotional poem.

Cheers


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India Author

thank you myownlife


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. This is fantastic. Sad, emotional and a whole whirlwind of feelings. Passing this on.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...like Sir Rahul, you are defining what great art should be in the genre of poetry - hubawesome says the epi-man - lake erie time ontario canada 10:09am


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India Author

Aww... thank you Gyspsy Rose Lee.. it is, isn't it, death in itself is sad but when you pass away... your memories don't.


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India Author

thank you epigramman, high praise indeed to merit it from you... I am honoured! Thank you! Bless you! :)


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Death does not have to be final...only for those that think within the box.


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India Author

Certainly... there is life after death as well as in death too... thanks for commenting aviannovice. good day to you! :)


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

moistened... I stand in irrevocable awe.. of the piece you have crafted,,

Beautifully done my friend...


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India Author

oh that is so beautiful thank you Rahul0324

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