RoseAnn V. Shawiak

(October 6,1950 / New Jersey)

A Security Guard's Sister


Devastatingly beautiful, peaceful soul and spirit lying in
cancer's embrace, dying minute by minute before our eyes.

Memories flash quickly in and out of our lives together
growing up.

Older sister, always there, waiting to help, not wanting to
interfere.

Pals through childhood, so many experiences lived through
with one another.

How am I supposed to let you go? What will life be without
you?

Emptiness fills me even now, knowing that you are disappearing
before my eyes, knowing there's no way to hold you here -
even with a thousand hugs, kisses, pleas.

Prayers said over and over for life to continue, knowing in
our hearts your life on earth will soon be over.

Hands held tightly, hearts as one, tears falling shamelessly
in grief, as devastatingly beautiful, peaceful, your soul
and spirit will go to God, breaking finally, cancer's embrace
on your life, as it also breaks our hearts to let you go.

Submitted: Sunday, June 22, 2014

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Sometimes, I meet someone and they just start talking to me about someone they love dearly who's dying of cancer or some other illness.
They unhesitatingly tell me their story, even though I am a stranger to them. What they tell me inspires a poem to be written hopefully easing their sorrow a little.

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  • Amitava Sur (6/22/2014 8:44:00 PM)

    A very poignant heart wrenching write up detailing the leaving of a cancer patient breaking all the earthly barriers by cancer embrace (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (6/22/2014 8:27:00 PM)

    Heart of a poet can be so fragile I realise here.A beautiful and soulful expression with a heart touching write. (Report) Reply

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