Breath of Life

By Rowan

Pale blue eyes watch over me
as my black sandals click on the hardwood floor.
I spin around, the white petals of my Easter dress
swirling around my small legs.

You watch with a smile you can barely muster
because of the cancer that spreads
like the wings of a butterfly over your chest.
I wish you could see me now.

Older, and wiser because of you.
Back then I didn't know of death, I couldn't imagine the concept.

You taught me that, you showed me what it was like.
On that bed you lay, the sounds of machines
around you, the song of life.
And as I spun around in front of you

you lifted your arms to me in an embrace,
the only memory I have of you left.
And as I wrapped my small body into yours
I felt your leathery skin on my cheek and heard
your whispers of love breathe life
into me...but how could I know

that the life you were giving me was your own?
I wish you had saved your last breath,
then maybe you would still be here,
still be able to see me grow.

How was I supposed to know that would be
the last time we were ever to meet?

I was too young to realize, after you disappeared,
how much I would miss you.

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Copyright 2010 Rowan
Published on Saturday, February 20, 2010.     Filed under: "Personal" and "Poetry"
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  • Melancholic VIncent On Monday, June 11, 2012, Melancholic VIncent (534)By person wrote:

    Somebody you love died of cancer. Your father? Mother? Such experience can be a eye opener, hope you have learned to cope with your loss, what is happened, is gone now, you can't change it, but you can learn something from that experience, look forward to it, at least you have been blessed with this gift of writing, coping with your pain through words. Nicely done poem, i could follow every step of what you wanted to transmit. Congratulations.

  • Juxtaposition On Thursday, June 23, 2011, Juxtaposition (38)By person wrote:

    Such deep writing very good

  • darkbetrayal66 On Monday, September 6, 2010, darkbetrayal66 (27)By person wrote:

    a true work of art

  • ubiquitoussoul On Monday, April 5, 2010, ubiquitoussoul (411)By person wrote:

    This is sad and touching..*wipes tear*..and the if I was there.."like the wings of a butterfly over your chest"..

  • A former member wrote: Wow, that was, amazing. You're a true artist, the words your paintbrush, and empty pages, your canvas. I have a question, do you write stories?

  • Rowan On Sunday, March 28, 2010, Rowan (294)By person wrote:

    Yes I do write novels. One of them is actually under contract right now. I love the supernatural and anything to do with angels and demons.

  • kayoticfear On Tuesday, February 23, 2010, kayoticfear (89)By person wrote:

    Such sadness. The ending shakes me. This write reminds me of my father. Thank you once again.

  • A former member wrote: very touching.

  • A former member wrote: I pictured a ballerina daughter.... let's say 5 or 6 years of age, nestled in her father's arms. full of the world but without a clue as to what time brings... and the impending absences that will grow to fill it.... nicely written... dolorous recollection.

  • Musik2MyEyes On Saturday, February 20, 2010, Musik2MyEyes (222)By person wrote:

    Such a beautiful writing. A sad memory. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Malcholm Dark On Saturday, February 20, 2010, Malcholm Dark (1042)By person wrote:

    Well done, a finely written piece of art. The visuals were perfect. An emotional ride. thank-you.

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