Sunday, July 27, 2014

For Them

He holds his head
anchored by the heaviness
of knowing

Staring into her eyes
the blue fading
misty gray from all the tears

Decades they remember
sharing the same window
high school sweethearts

Consummating love
in the tall grass
beneath a pale moon

Bowing trees paying
homage to the dark
where the years lie still
waiting to be born

The children came
one after the other
filling the tiny cabin

Rooms were added
love grew strong
an unbreakable bond
only death could sever

He holds his head
anchored by the heaviness
of knowing

He will leave it all behind
no choice was given
the fight now
draws to a close

All the weapons
piled high
useless armor
against the enemy.

She runs her fingers
through the few strands
remaining, still loving
as she waits another day
knowing soon she will
have to say good-bye


  1. Working in a skilled nursing facility, this is a scenario I have seen before. It wrenches my heart each time. We never know what the future holds. Hold on to the love.
    Thanks for sharing this.

  2. The only harsher reality i can losing the ability to feel pain of love is priceless and worth losing too..for a cold heart never bleeds love..but there are still words of comfort that can come when love is truly there..and goes away in form..the only consolation to when that love continues to exist in eyes of those who lose the form..and spread that love..anew to others true...

  3. This is such a sad story, going on everywhere. You have told it tenderly and well.

  4. This is heart-breaking--a scene I've witnessed so many times in my hospice nursing. I had a feeling early on where it was going. Sensitive narration.

  5. This is a story so many, unfortunately, will live. Very sad always to have a long love reach this painful point.

  6. How very sad at the ending ~ Though death is inevitable, I don't think we will ever be prepared for it ~ Good one Lisa ~

  7. Yes you capture it well - from point to point moves faster than you would have imagined. The work, the children, the worries, the celebrations become as whirlwind montage and then there is the waiting at the end, a little time to remember, recap and say goodbye. It is always true and the reality that they had that time is a blessing not granted everyone. Well said!

  8. The time of parting after a life together.. So sad, yet so much to look back and remember... Lovely write Lisa.


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