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?


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