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FINALLY



Watching my Mother die slowly,

suffering greatly,

I longed to help, but realized

my own inability, my limits

for the very first time,

leaning over her, kissing her cheek

patting her frail hand, while

she too weak to speak words, used

her eyes to speak volumes,

in them I read her hopes, regrets, and fears,

in the whole world all I wanted was

to be able to comfort her now, when she

needed me, and comforting most,

and in this time of need, I was powerless.

Ours hadn’t been a religious family

I never learned how to pray, didn’t know how to,

I had never even tried,

but now I understood what it was all about,

this power greater than ourselves

I understood, and as though it were

something I had done all my life,

I felt my heart open, and all the pain

of an entire lifetime begin to flow out

And I felt love enter there and it filled me up

I felt comfort flow through me

and for the very first time,

I talked to God.

I held my Mother’s weak body

against my own

and allowed the sense of calm and peace

to flow through us both


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