RoseAnn V. Shawiak
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
Older sister, always there, waiting to help, not wanting to
Pals through childhood, so many experiences lived through
with one another.
How am I supposed to let you go? What will life be without
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.
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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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