John Millington


Watch A Happy Life End - Poem by John Millington

What words can I say
Don't want to betray
Just saddened eyes
Spell out premature goodbyes

Watching a loved one go
Witnessing their fading glow
The pain in their eyes
Spells out their demise

Although loved ones surround
No words can be found
What, why and how
All that matter now

Away she slips
With blue stained lips
Not a word is said
Just pained faces instead

She enters a better place
As pain vanishes from her face
I close my eyes and ponder,
Wide awake as I wander

Did I say enough before
Life closed her door?
As my lip starts to tremor
I can hardly remember
Did I display my gratitude?
Or portray my attitude?

I picture her laughing with grace
And no smile could replace
The joy etched in her eyes
Her laughter, teary cries

I picture me then
Quiet and stubborn again
A mind blinded by strain
As if I thought the world had ended
Acted as I had been slain the way I pretended

I'd ignore every advance
Scorn her every glance
But I couldn't stop her from getting in
With me she always knew she would win

It'd only take a short while
Until she brought out my smile
No one will ever replace
The happiness etched on her face


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I wrote this story in memory of my Grandma. Although I didn't see her die, I saw her in bed, unable to speak after a stroke, in this poem I explore how things used to be and how she must have seen me as a child and young adult. I wrote it on 10th January 2013 for another site but it didn't get any reviews. Enjoy!

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 27, 2013



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