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Time Comes...

Updated on November 4, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

When that time comes, how will it be?

Will it be illness that takes you from me?

There’s no way to plan it; no way to rehearse

No way to find courage to prepare for the worst

That final loss will exceed anything I can envision

A tear in life’s precious fabric; an unplanned revision

A test of woeful grief beyond that a man can endure

The thoughts cloud may mind; fire my heart’s fear

What will I say at that time in life then?

Where will I find the words; how will I begin?

Being there in your presence to comfort; to pray

Praying for another minute, an hour, just one day

Can one feel more helpless as the last hours dwindle?

Like watching a tiny thread hit the end of its spindle

In that single moment the world for me will stand still

As I let go of that I’ve loved and surely always will

Can the preacher find solace speaking his funeral dirge?

Where is the need to remain when leaving is my urge?

All the prayers and pretty flowers; the love and the giving

A celebration of your life for those who are still living

These are questions that I ponder in life time and again

Wondering how it will be when my love is at the end

There is no preparation in this life that I’ve trod

Only to hold on to faith and trust my heart to God

When that time comes, how will it be?

How will I survive death taking you from me?

Do I have enough faith to shoulder that stone?

Can I face a life without you, here all alone?

©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved?

18 January 2012

© 2012 Wayne Brown


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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Houa Lor...It is a difficult subject to write about...I wanted to capture that. Thanks much! WB

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      Houa Lor 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow! I don't think anyone could do a better job if they tried. Voted up!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Vincent Moore...This is me attempting empathize with that time in life. I had to face it in 2007 with the death of my father. My mom is still going pretty good but the years are stacking up. Like you, I hope the rest of them out live me. Thanks much, Ken. WB

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      Vincent Moore 6 years ago

      We all have to face these times of losing that one person or persons who are most precious to us. It's probably going to be one of the darkest days in our lives when it happens to us. I have always hoped and prayed that I go before any of my children.

      I pray that my maker will grant me at least that wish. There is always sunshine after the storm, my friend you will continue on and find a way. This was a very sad piece, but I know where it comes from, a poet's heart has many forks in it.

      You are a diverse writer and able to share both joy and sorrow. Voted Up beautiful and awesome.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop...That just makes you "normal", Poppy. I think we all dwell on and wrestle with these thoughts and how we will deal with it. Thanks much for the high marks. WB

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Very moving. I have to say I think about this very thing more often that I care to admit. I suppose it is inevitable. Up and beautiful.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @The Frog Prince....just the hook "What will I do when that time comes"....It milled around in my mind looking for answer. Luckily, I don't have any real life situation at hand...just the hook. Thanks much. WB

      @drbj....Thank you, Doc. It is a sad time in our lives and realities for us all. For the most part, we hide from it until the last minute. Sad. WB

      @Deb Welch...Thank you, I lost my dad in 2007 and it was such a reality to me. Prior to that point, I had been able to pray it away. The time finally comes. WB

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      Deb Welch 6 years ago

      WB - Voted this Beautiful,Useful and Interesting poem - UP! I lost my Dad in 2006, @89 and my Mother 2007, @85. I thought I was ready but when I got the call from the hospital - I cried a river. I am ready for my departure - I don't want to leave behind a horrible mess and major problems for others to take care of. The selecting of all the Funeral verses, cards, Pastor, and everything else was really fulfilling for me and gave the close I needed.

      You write excellent poetry.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Very sad, very true and heartfelt, Wayne. One of the worse things about aging is you begin to lose your friends and those who are dearest to you. It's the penalty one pays for living longer.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne - What in the world brought this on? Powerful my friend.

      The Frog

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @writer20...It is the true definition of reality and there is no avoiding it. We do the best we know how and that about all we can do. Thanks much...WB

      @SomewayOuttaHere...Thank you! WB

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      My Father past when I was 15 and I lost my brother 2010 to the same disease as my father. No matter how prepared we are it's always so shocking.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Alma Cabase...I have lost a marriage in the past but not to another but I can relate to the pain of the loss. I have written over 200 poems here and I may have one in the rack...I just can't remember. Thanks for the good words on this one. WB

      @Senoritaa...I think you are correct...we have those fears for the ones we love. Hopefully God will provide. WB

      @WillStarr...Yes, very true, Will. Mine started with the loss of my dad in 2007 and the saga continues....Thanks much! WB

      @50 Caliber...Ha! I get the same effect from my Littel Penguin Chardonnay, Dusty. Some of my best work was influenced by it! LOL! Thanks much! WB

      @KDee411...I think that is where the true talent of a writer exists, Kay...deep in the heart. We have to let our minds go so we can get to those thoughts and emotions to capture them for others to see. Thank you! WB

      @poetvix...You picked up on the part that bothered me...I almost threw this one away. I sat on it for two days debating on whether it might be received in the wrong way. It is also a subject we do not like to be reminded of but I felt there were a lot emotions there. The "hook line" that came to me was "When that time comes". I kept repeating it trying to make sense of it and this is what came of it. Thanks so much. WB

      @anndavis25...I think that is what keeps it all together in the end...the blessings we received from loving and being loved in return. I believe that is the strength that carries us forward. I hope for a lot more years before I have to face such a test again but I know that it will come. WB

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      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I have faced it. God will give you the grace you need when that time comes. All of us have the same appointment with our maker. You are blessed to have loved.

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I don't think any of us are prepared even when we see it coming. It took some guts to think so hard on this. Saddening excellence you have here. I need to find a tissue now.

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      KDee411 6 years ago from Bay Area, California

      Wayne, my God it's so sad. Many of us have been there. You sure write from the heart. Sure got my vote up.

      I acid mine better Wayne, thanks for the advice.


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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      Wayne, most excellent with your deeper than a well thought pattern. It always amazes my simple mind. I reckon it's like my thunderbolt thoughts, they come when I'm swimming in the shine pool and I write them down and the next day my throbbing head has no Idea what the chicken scratching is or means, Ha! go figure, they ought to pass a law against stills, Peace Amigo,


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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      We all face losing a loved one sooner or later, and the older we get, the more often it happens. Well done, Wayne. Beautiful work.

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      Senoritaa 6 years ago

      Beautiful! No words Wayne. All I can say this, when God takes away that one person for whom we live, He gives us strength to deal with it as well.

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      Alma Cabase 6 years ago from Philippines

      I am understanding it right? This is a very sad poem yet it tackles realities that we should all accept. However, there is a far worse feeling than this and that is when the one you love left to go with another. I hope you can make a poem about this experience of mine as well.

      PS: You look good with that hat..cowboy!..^^



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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @KellyPittman...Thank you, glad you liked it. WB

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      Kelly Pittman 6 years ago from Walker, LA

      A beautiful poem.