VERSE | GRACE

Are you ready? said he softly 
I was sitting and watching tv
For what? I asked full well knowing
The implications of that simple question

For your journey onwards from here
He said quietly in my ear
I stared ahead, I couldn’t look
Into eyes that held the whole cosmos

I still have things to do I said
Even as my heart filled with dread
I still have dreams and wishes said I
Even as I felt my mouth go dry

He waited watching me silently
His shadow was now a part of me
I took a breath and looked at him
His eyes looked back serene, glowing

I cried, I am afraid to leave
Even if I have always believed
That one day I must walk away
Wrapped in death’s final embrace

But that faith has always surrounded me
On the outside, while inside of me
Has grown a choking, gnawing terror
Of the day that you would appear

He took my hand and held it fast
My hand in his we touched my heart
The blue-gray fear that sat in there
Evaporated into the air

I felt my soul for the first time
Floating, thrumming, humming inside
I smiled even as the tears flowed
Silver, sparkling, love- hallowed

I laughed, I cried, I laughed again
Life was beautiful even at the end
I loosened the strings bound to the past
And closed my eyes as I breathed my last.

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