Leaving

If I look at you and cry,
Do not cry with me.
It is I who holds the guilt.

If I look at you and stare,
Do not look away.
I need to hold on to this memory.

If I look at you and become angry,
Do not be afraid.
I can’t help but hate your leaving.

If I can’t look at you at all,
Do not be ashamed.
It is I who am the weaker one.

Leaving

moorefaith

North Olmsted, United States

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Artist's Description

When you watch someone die, especially a slow cancer death, it’s hard to know what to feel when you look at them, knowing this could be the last time you see them alive. Anger, guilt, hunger/desperation, shame…

This piece is about 17 years old, since it was written the year I lost my grandma – the closest member of my family – to cancer. I was a freshman in high school.

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