Remembering

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I sat through the night

With you

Rubbing your feet

And waiting

Each time you stopped

Breathing

I held my breath

―Certain

You were dying

Yet uncertain

I’d recognize

Which last breath

Was truly your final breath.

Conscious

To every detail

I watched you lapse

Unconscious

―Then come to

Too many times

To understand

Death

Which didn’t come

In the night

Or that morning;

Which made us wait

―All day.

When the sun came up

You cursed

Death

For thwarting you

Unable to die

―Or live

You sat in your chair

And waited

While we waited

On you

Doing our best

To make the best

Of the longest

Short day

I’ll remember

For the rest

Of my life.