poet Bill Galvin

Bill Galvin

Words Cannot Express

A slow turn of her head away from me,
Her eyes gazing at nothing in particular.
She turns back and with a brave face says,
'This may be something really bad.'
'Yes, it may.' I reply.
'It came on so fast. It may get worse real fast.'
'That may be'. I was about to soften my response,
When, tears welling, she whispers haltingly
'I need to talk to you'.
I knew she meant on a deeper level, about life,
And death, and soul-deep companionship…
The one subject of conversation some of us
Try to avoid until we can no longer.
She teared up, and had trouble selecting the words.
'What is it you want to say? ' 'I want to tell you…'
Then the tears flowed again, and the sobs were heavy.
I spoke, sensing her difficulty trying
To basically convey I-love-you's
In a most convincing manner, for one of the last times.
We'll have a while longer, I thought, to probe further,
But for now, in the semi-private mood
Of a hospital room, we need to take the first
Of those heavy-footed steps toward finality,
Wishing all the while, of course,
That her God will breathe one more miracle
Into her laboring lungs and
Give us a lot longer together.
I looked as deeply into her blue eyes as I ever had,
Focused upon connecting soul to soul,
'Deb, if I were to die driving in the snow
On the way home tonight, would you be able
To understand the depth of my love,
How much you mean to me? ' 'Yes, I would. Of course.'
'Then there is no need for you
To try to make sure I understand,
Or to try to search for the right words
To express how you feel about me.
Our lives together have expressed that completely.'
'I'd like to think that.'
'Then do. Please. It's true, and it's always been true,
Since Day 1. It is you
Who have taught me to care and to love.'

Tears flowed aplenty from two foreheads gently touching.

Feb 16,2014

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Topic(s) of this poem: dying

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

My Dear Deborah left this world February 11,2015, from ALS.

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Comments about Words Cannot Express by Bill Galvin

  • Cowboy Ron WilliamsCowboy Ron Williams (10/20/2020 6:41:00 PM)

    ALS is a horrible disease, but then, any disease that takes away a loved one could be called horrible.
    I'm so sorry for your loss.
    Your poem is extremely well-written and a wonderful tribute.

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  • Pamela SinicropePamela Sinicrope (10/6/2015 8:52:00 PM)

    This is a beautiful piece of prose and a special tribute to your love. I'm so sorry for your loss. This is the first poem I've read of yours and it's beautifully written and expressed.

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    Bill GalvinBill Galvin(10/6/2015 9:22:00 PM)

    Thank you, Pamela. I have begun reading your material, and it is impressive. -BG

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  • Tan PratonixTan Pratonix (9/13/2015 7:20:00 AM)

    Amazing. This is high class stuff. You are a master poet. You said everything in those few words; came straight from the heart. I love this. Dear Deborah! Blessings.10

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    Bill GalvinBill Galvin(9/13/2015 5:16:00 PM)

    Tan, I am truly humbled by your appreciation. This was the first poem I wrote about our journey thru the ALS jungle. The one that inspired me to keep writing, for our sake, ultimately for my sake, for my grieving process. I have nothing but great memories about my Dear Deborah. Thanks again. –BG

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  • Prakhar MishraPrakhar Mishra (6/1/2015 11:58:00 PM)

    love is in the air! ! !

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  • Lyn PaulLyn Paul (3/1/2015 12:28:00 AM)

    Two incredibly strong people who always were and will be joined as one. A wonderful picture too. Thank you

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