Hospital bed

I can’t stand to see you
struggle under those sheets;
seemingly stitched with barbed wire,
as you lie back on that pillow;
stuffed with slivers of glass,
and smile
when I walk into the room.
I swear my heart
was never meant to withstand
seeing those cold hands
move up and down your back,
waiting until you forget about them
so they can choke you to death
while you’re focused
on the pain.
I miss the sound of your laugh;
replaced with low
quiet gasps for air
and it’s taking all of my strength
to just sit and watch.
Now with your hands,
in my hands…
I slowly die-
with you,
and hope that you are warmed
by the light
I last saw in your eyes.

Hospital bed

Nathan Emery

Joined September 2009

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