the room was filled with people
children, grandchildren, great grandchildren
all saying their last goodbyes
she lay there in a white gown
her white curly hair neatly combed
a little lipstick
a dab of blush on her whitened face
there were no tears
stories of days gone by
everyone smiling and laughing
even this elderly wrinkled dying woman
had a smile on her face
i stood at the door…an observer
breathing in the love shared
by four generations of a family
each member bonded to the other
the woman waiting for the Angels to visit
to take her to the heavenly place
where she would once again
be with those who passed on
waiting for the day all those she cherished
would come home to join her
i passed her room the next day
her bed was empty
with bright white hospital sheets
waiting for the next patient


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As I walk through the corridors of the hospital when
I go to visit my husband, I often look into the rooms
of patients, and draw my own conclusions, and
write about what I feel and see…of course…loving
to imagination often runs away with me


  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryalmost 5 years ago

    This is a sad poem, yet filled with hope and love.

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallacealmost 5 years ago

    Oooh, this is so very touching. Sad, yes, but a time spent in celebrating this lady’s life. How beautifully you have written this. I just LOVE your writing!

  • tulay cakir
    tulay cakiralmost 5 years ago

    iam cry’ng

  • trwoody
    trwoodyalmost 5 years ago

    Having been in that room you looked into….too many times, I can say you conveyed the emotion of the moment very well………xoxo

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawalmost 5 years ago

    Oh-h-h-h!! Sally – you make me cry.

  • lianne
    liannealmost 5 years ago

    Oh Sally how incredibly beautiful this is – sad, a little – but a very beautiful moment for this loving family. There is something so profoundly blessed in being able to share those last moments of someone’s life, to know that they are at peace, to accept that their pain will soon be over, to say your “I love yous” and believe that the Angels will indeed unite that person with others they have loved. My grandmother’s last words said with the most beatific smile on her face were, “Oh Albert, you’ve come for me at last!” My grandfather, Albert had died ten years previously and theirs was such a beautiful loving marriage. She was so ready – and how could we be anything but joyful at her reunion with her beloved?? This is soooo perfect, Sally.

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgeralmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful words & poem sweet lady!! How are you doing? I think of you everyday, and wondering how you are!! I had to cry too!! I lost my Mom in 2004 and never got to say goodbye, my heart was broken beyond repair. I loved her so much, and still miss her dearly. Stay strong!!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you everyday!!

  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizalmost 5 years ago

    tears are fallin from my eyes…sally

  • boswell20
    boswell20almost 5 years ago

    beautifully written….full of such emotion…great write!

  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...almost 5 years ago

    WOW really hits home.

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