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I'll See You There, A Poem By Rachael O'Halloran

Updated on May 23, 2014
Pillow to pillow, side by side
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Laying pillow to pillow, side by side
We loved to reminisce into the wee hours of the morning
Or maybe it was the late hours of night
Whichever way you want to look at it


For us, time never mattered back then


We smiled when we ended each other sentences
Always in sync
Even when you looked on the table for butter
I was already on my way with it in hand


We said it had never been that way with anyone else

Sitting by his sick bed.
Sitting by his sick bed. | Source

The many hours I sat by your sick bed
Remembering our lifetime together,
Raising kids, good times and bad
Then while you slept, I went on remembering aloud for both of us


I wondered if you heard me


When my voice grew low and weary,
I leaned over, smoothing your brow
I kept whispering to you trying to say
All that I wanted to say


While your body, heart and soul were still here

Patting hands
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For then you'd come awake with a start
And you'd smile
"What did you say, dear?"
Even tho' I hadn't uttered a word for awhile


And I knew you had still heard me



Later, when you fell back asleep
I sat close by
Patting your hand just to touch you,
While your body was still here


I didn't know for how much longer


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In our senior years, as couples do, our pillow talk changed
Because you got sick,
You said if you died first you'd wait for me in heaven
When I stepped out to the bathroom, death had come for you

I thought I had more time to say goodbye


It’s been twelve long years and I know
You are still waiting for me
Keeping watch for the day I leave this world
To gather me into your loving arms


Your love that fills me tells me this is so

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Whispering words quietly, or are they my thoughts

In the wee hours of the morning
Or maybe it was the late hours of night
Whichever way you want to look at it.


For me, time doesn't matter anymore


Now, laying here in my hospital bed
No more words out loud,
When my voice grows weary
I still talk to you in my mind


And I hope you can still hear me.

Watching From Heaven

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I often wondered, not for the first time
On the day I come to heaven
If you're still keeping watch for me
Because that day has now come


I know you'll be waiting there for me

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The love that fills me tells me
That you hear me still
And the peace that comes over me
Tells me you are waiting for me


Just like you said you would.





I’m on my way, sweetheart.

I’ll see you there.


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© May 1, 2014 Rachael O'Halloran

© 2014 Rachael O'Halloran

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    Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Awesome! So beautifully expressed and written. The photos touched my heart instantly your words showed me great strength. True feelings and lots to think about. Voted up!

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    John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

    So beautifully expressed, and touching. I don't really know what else to say apart from voted up awesome and beautiful.

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    travmaj 3 years ago from australia

    So sad, so evocative, so touching. Gave me goose bumps as I pondered the poem. Thank you.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

    #DDE, Thank you for your praise, you are way too kind for sure. I appreciate you reading my attempt at poetry. Thank you.

    #travmaj - thank you. I'm not poetic by any means, but these were just thoughts because I'm going through a trying time right now. Sometimes your thoughts just run away with sad possibilities, and that's what happened with this poem. Thank you for reading.

    #Jodah, From the master, your words are extremely kind. I am not a poet and greatly admire anyone who can write rhyme and make sense too. That's not me. lol

    Ok, I could probably make sense, but not rhyme like you. You are so very excellent at poetry.

    I typically don't care for non-rhyming poems but my thoughts are in overdrive lately with my husband being so sick with our move from CA to VA. We've been away from each other for over two months, which is also hard at our ages.

    I guess they call this type of poem - reflective poetry. I was leery that my words wouldn't keep a reader's attention, so I figured I had better put some good pictures to reach out to readers. lol Thank you for your comment.

    Rachael

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

    Rachael, I imagine this is exactly how it is when one spouse dies before the other. You stated it beautifully.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

    #bravewarrior - Thank you :)

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    Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

    A beautiful poem, touched my heart. Great write.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

    #Vellur, thank you for stopping by to read it.

    I don't know if I will attempt poetry again anytime soon as I don't know when it will hit me again. lol

    I'm used to writing stuff like my other hubs, which are lengthy to say the least. Brevity is not my strong point. lol

    Thank you for commenting.

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    Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

    Heart-touching. Sincerely heart-touching.

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    K.A.E Grove 3 years ago from Australia

    Oh this brought tears to my eyes, so loving and filled with the hope that it literally gave me chills

    Beautiful !

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    breakfastpop 3 years ago

    I am moved more than words can express. You are amazing. Not thinking of yourself as a poet is a huge mistake. Voted up, beautiful and incredibly awesome.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

    #vkwok, Thank you for stopping by to read my poem. :)

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    Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

    #nighthag, I can't tell you how many times I cried when I was writing it because it is so very close to my situation. Thank you for reading. :)

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    Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

    #breakfastpop,

    Thank you for your kind praise. I guess I think of myself in that way especially when I read the work of great poets here on Hubpages. I thank you for your comment and support. :)

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    This gave me the chills. It's so emotionally real and we all feel it. Who will be the first and how we will go on afterwards.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

    #Gypsy Rose Lee,

    It is the age old question when we get up in years. Thank you for reading and for your comment. :)

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    K.A.E Grove 3 years ago from Australia

    Some of our best writes come from the truth in our hearts this was beautiful thank you again for sharing it ...

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    Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

    #nighthag -

    It does come from our hearts, that's very true. :)

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    FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

    This is truly beautiful.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

    Thank you FlourishAnyway. :)

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    Rozalyn Winters 3 years ago

    So moving and sad.

    Beautiful work.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

    #Rozalyn Winters,

    Thank you for reading :)

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    Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

    Very moving poem beautiful but sad.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

    #joedolphin88

    Thank you for reading :)

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    Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Rachael - This poem touched my heart along with the accompanying photos. The emotion, the caring, the kind words make this poem so moving and worthy of an award. If this is the beginning of your poetry attempts, you are already there. Pinning this poem after loving it. Blessings, Audrey and good health to your husband.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

    #brakel2

    Thank you for your nice words of praise. I guess when I can identify with something, the words just flow. As my first effort publishing any of my essays or poems, I'm grateful for the outpouring of support.

    It's so nice of you to say it's worthy of an award, but as you probably gleaned from the comments, I have little or no faith in this writing style for myself.

    This was very hard to write because of our living arrangements and my husband's disability. With all the research I do for a Jury or Copyright hub, I find them infinitely easier to write than poetry. lol

    It is just that hard for me when others can sail through and pound out several poems in one day.

    Thank you for your comment, and for pinning it.

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