Bancroft Boreland

Rookie - 0 Points (February 14 / Jamaica)

The Right To Die - Poem by Bancroft Boreland

I kissed away the tears
As they poured down her cheeks
I wrapped my arms around her
But she was unable to feel my embrace
And though she could see me
She could not hear the words I spoke
Her torment overwhelmed me
It was as if my world
No longer had a heartbeat

A cobweb of tubes
Were the only things that kept her alive
Her broken body was completely paralyzed
And there was always
A celestial look in her eyes
It was like she was dead
Before she had died
The doctors knew she would never recover
Yet they refused to let her die
I just wanted her suffering to be over
Because though I was afraid to let her die
I could not bear to see her live this way

With trembling hands
I caressed her hair, kissed her lips
And said goodbye
Then I unplugged the tubes
And watched her die
In her final moments
I taught I saw her smile
And if she could speak
I’m certain that she would have said
“Thank you”

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Poem Submitted: Monday, June 6, 2011

Poem Edited: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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