In My Arms….One more Time

I have watched the light grow dim in your eyes
as the energy fades away.
Never knew that pale pink skin
touched by loving hands
can take on such a gray pallor.
Your body is failing
there is nothing I can do
other than sit
your hand in mine
sleep more so than awake
which is good
for you cannot
will not
shall not
ever see the tears that I cry
as I wait my darling
for you to take your last breath.
Sinuous whisper
a gentle caress
I hold you tight in my arms
loving you
forever and always
even when you have left me behind.
Life ebbs away
I can see your spirit dissolve
a slight smile on your face
as pain recedes
even though I am dying
my beloved
why must you go?
I have no drive
no need
no desire
to continue on with this life
when you my dear
are cold
so far away
even when I can feel your embrace
diaphanous
strong
your voice in my ear
telling me I can go on.
Tears.
I sit next to your grave
hand resting slightly on the soil
wishing that for one more time
I could hold you in my arms.
©July 2/19
Picture via Pinterest
***This poem was inspired by loss and grief.***
Not my own but from conversations with others who have lost loved ones.

Author: Jay-lyn Doerksen

I am a single hard working mom in her 40's. I have always written poetry and I love words. I live with depression and its ups downs. This is a space where I can create and write all that I need to.

10 thoughts on “In My Arms….One more Time”

  1. You have portrayed both aspects, the effect that departure has on two people. That is important, too often that aspect is overlooked. There is one other thing that you bring out, being in the presence of death, being around when a loved one takes their last breath, holding a hand. That is a very loving moment to be cherished. I was over 4000 miles away when my mother passed away and I felt that missing of the moment when you say goodbye. Thank you so much for writing this poem which will evoke strong memories for so many 🙂

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    1. I was inspired by a gentleman who lost his wife not that long ago and his grief is still so strong. I was hoping to convey the pain of having to say good bye and not wanting to. And in giving peace to the one who is no longer in pain. Thank you. 😊

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