Saturday, November 28, 2009

I Wonder




Momma and I traveled each day


Past the waters of Pearl Harbour


Past the greens of Kane'ohe


And into the cliffs of Nu’uanu

Solely to see you      


And yet I wonder,


Did you know we would’ve walked


To the ends of Earth and back


Just for one more day?










The doctors and the nurses, they walked in and out


Dressed in scrubs, their stethoscopes jangled


Mechanically, stoically



They said that the end was drawing near


And this was a battle you have lost


And yet I wonder,


Were they God?


No, they were not,


So what gave them the power to hand out life or death?










I sang for you, that haunting aria


Which ironically spoke of love and loss


My voice soared and hung into the empty room


Slowly  your glazed eyes focused on me 


Whilst the corner of your mouth lifted up in a smile 


And yet I wonder,


Did you hear?


They say that hearing’s the last to fade away,


But I wonder if you understood I tried to sing life into you










Your breaths came out in ragged gasps, uneven and loud


And I ran, ran as far as my wobbly legs could take me


Tears blurred my vision as realisation dawned


That you weren’t ours to keep


And yet I wonder,


Did you look into my heart and see


That I had to walk away


Because I didn’t want to watch you slip away?













2 comments:

Ayak said...

How beautiful. This immediately brought a tear to my eye and the memory of my father dying.
You write beautifully

the UNchecked other said...

It's always hard, isn't it--to lose your parent? I was 20.

We must never permit the voice of humanity
within us to be silenced. It is Man's sympathy with all creatures that first makes him a Man.

--Albert Schweitzer

Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.


--Viktor E. Frankl