Emotions like clutter fill the room where she is dying.
A sporadic chain of mourners come and try to smile.
With the little remaining strength she has,
she thanks them for their crying.
She’s tired now, dying has worn her out,
and her head returns to the pillow.
She has no energy to entertain
or be the hostess she once was.
They remind her of events from their shared past,
they chuckle and she tries to do the same.
Like specters they float about in her vision without name,
dim shapes and voices that could and should be familiar.
The comforter on her bed no longer responds.
She feels a cold that permeates her bones
but gravity continues to hold her body in bonds,
while her spirit struggles to fly home.
Someone kisses her forehead with the scent of gardenia,
a lifelong friend for sure.
Whiskers on her son’s face brush her cheek
and smell of Old Spice like her husband once wore.
The minister came by earlier and led the room in prayer.
He says she’ll soon see her husband and Jesus in heaven.
She believes she will and so she believes.
With a breath exhaled she ends her dance,
finishes her song,
silences the room.
and flies away.
edit on 06/02/2011 by grayeagle because: (no reason given)