Bill Galvin

Gold Star - 12,979 Points (1911 / Boston, MA)

Sisters Singing - Poem by Bill Galvin

I watched a remembrance tonight.
I watched two loving sisters
Sitting by a window,
Singing together in a video;
Laughing with the memories of younger times;
Joking about hitting bad notes,
And forgetting words.

But the love between them is so obvious…
The respect of lifetimes as true friends…
All with a backdrop of one’s imminent death.

One so brave as to not dignify death’s knell
With as much as a whimper;
The other so brave as to share songs,
And wash feet, and trim nails,
And nap along side, and spoon feed…
That would help bar the door for a few days
To allow the uplifting of their spirits.

I hadn’t watched this recording in months.
I had made it when Deb was in rehab,
As the ALS was creeping thru her body
And stiffening her limbs.

Denise flew from her home many times that year;
A long way from California;
But she knew their bond was such that
She had to be there…
She had be close…
She had to see Deb’s smile, hear her laugh,
As much as she could before they were gone.

Within a year they were gone.

But the memory…
This recording of Sisters Singing…
Will be forever a moment of light
Shining for all our hearts.


Topic(s) of this poem: family

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (12/3/2015 12:44:00 AM)

    Very amazing poem shared on family topic. Really very fantastic sharing. Wisely penned poem shared.10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 3, 2015

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