Thursday, March 7, 2019

An Unwanted Goodbye

Today over at Reading to the Core, the Poetry Friday round up is happening, as well the celebration of International Women's Day.

The poem that I've written and am sharing today has been rattling around in my head and bubbling up in my journals for some time now. Once again I'm taking a bold step in sharing it. But I feel I need to share it with the world.

An Unwanted Goodbye

two years have gone by
Since you told us
You were sick.
It seemed a death sentence
Doctors tried their best
To offer solutions.
You tried your best
You fought so hard . . .
You didn't want to give up
You fought so hard
You had your pride
It was so difficult
for you to show defeat
but the time came
You continued  to fight
to hold on
You wanted to stay for us
You worried about us
You held on tight
You loved us so
You continued to fight
but your body couldn't fight anymore
You were in there
Trapped by sickness
a disease that held you captive
We knew  you were in there
Unable to speak
Unable to share
Unable to move
Your eyes said it all
We knew you were there
Fighting --
until the battle was lost
We prayed together
Held your hands
It was ok . . .
to let it all go
We told you so
You heard that last prayer
You felt our loving touch
We held your hands
You heard the call
He was waiting for you
It was time to go
You knew it was so
You took your last breath
You fought a good fight. . .
The ultimate of wars.
We are proud of you
We love you so
It was heart wrenching
to let you go. . .
We had no choice
Now we hold you
in our hearts, my dear
We will always love you . . .
and miss you so . . .


  1. You captured this time and these emotions beautifully and poignantly.

    1. Thank you Kimberly. It was such a difficult time in my life. I've filled many journals with my emotions and events from this time in my life. Writing this poem has been very therapeutic.

  2. Such a tough thing, Kimberly. Thank you for your bravery and your heart. xo

  3. It is so hard to tell them to let go, for them and for us. Beautiful and poignant poem of this time in your life: "We are proud of you
    We love you so
    It was heart wrenching
    to let you go. . .

  4. So very hard. This poem commemorates that time so well.

  5. Thank you for sharing this deeply moving poem, Kimberly. It brings to mind the loved ones I hold in my heart.

  6. "Your eyes said it all" -- very moving. Thank you for taking us on this emotional journey with you. Sending a hug and condolences

  7. It's been almost exactly two years since my mom passed. Your poem speaks to my heart.

    1. Thank you everyone. For me it's been almost two years since my husband passed. It was a horrific journey for him and me and my children. I'm finding some healing in writing poetry about that journey.