Every Breath

Standing by her bedside

Life ebbing away

Her chest–rising, falling.


Heart slowing down

Holding her hand;

Prayers for peaceful passing.


The monitor is beeping

Time stands still;

Her forehead relaxes.


Nurses nod their heads;

Gone forever, now.

Imagining her welcome.


Gathering my thoughts;

Aching so intense–

How to go on now?


Breathe in, breathe out.

Lungs full, lungs empty.

Repeat, repeat, repeat.

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