Midnight Hour

A Man Must Cry

Gently taking her left hand,
Kissing her cheek,
Pressing it to mine,
Whispering in her ear
'I Will Love You Forever'
She felt me!
She heard me!
Her grip returned
One last time,
Vitals were fading fast,
Struggling for air,
She wanted life,
I am certain of that,
Morphine held her right hand,
Leading her away,
From her monitors
A continuous cry,
Her last breath?
'Good Bye'
A faint, haunting moan,
I couldn't let her go,
That moan was sad,
So damned sad,
Her warmth left me,
My warmth still upon her,
My tears running down her cheeks,
A nurse rubbed my back,
It was time to go,
Her hand on my shoulder,
Leading me away,
Looking back until I could no longer see you,
Years were passing,
My eyes swelled occasionally,
When a lost scent returned,
Or a perfect sunset painted the sky,
When bird song woke the morning,
And when you blessed my dreams,
I am still looking back at you mother,
At all your beautiful inspiration,
And looking forward to the day
We are together again.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Poem Edited: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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