For Mom (villanelle)

By dwells

Attend no deathwatch vigil at my bed
No miracles or wizardry for me
Our memories, the magic that we bled

My mortal days, alike my friends, are fled
Just hold my hand awhile; then let me be
Attend no deathwatch vigil at my bed

Adrift upon a troubled sea of red
A single kiss, a tear to set me free
Our memories, the magic that we bled

This suffering is mine alone to dread
Tomorrow offers my eternity
Attend no deathwatch; live for you instead

Another mouth will clamor to be fed,
and thankful for your selfless charity
Our memories, the things we did and said

The quickened cannot rest among the dead
I wait for you, as you would wait for me
Attend no deathwatch vigil at my bed
Our memories, the magic that we bled
 

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Copyright 2017 dwells
Published on Friday, July 7, 2017.     Filed under: "Personal" and "Poetry"

Author's Note:

a few thoughts on her passing
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  • Alchemist On Friday, July 13, 2018, Alchemist (876)By person wrote:

    As always your poetry inspires me. I have been writing some form poetry lately and this will drive me to write even better. This was lovely, Cheers

  • Cassette On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, Cassette (1293)By person wrote:

    Very sorry for your loss... this is a very real, aching piece.

  • bpathos On Monday, September 18, 2017, bpathos (88)By person wrote:

    Sorry for the pain. There are no words for it, maybe that is a reason poetry exists. In "JOB" his friends sit outside his tent for three days thinking of what they could say... I have nothing except sorry.

  • dwells On Thursday, September 21, 2017, dwells (5803)By person wrote:

    BP - amigo! Great to here from you again my friend!! Waiting for you to post something new too. Cheers, and always appreciate the thoughtful comment - Dan

  • bpathos On Monday, September 18, 2017, bpathos (88)By person wrote:

    This is real. A fan dance of the soul, postcard from reality. I really like this.

  • Arwen On Sunday, August 27, 2017, Arwen (311)By person wrote:

    I'm sorry for your loss. Great rhythm to this poem.

  • Mute Serenade On Sunday, August 6, 2017, Mute Serenade (494)By person wrote:

    This is a beautiful ode... So sorry for your loss, wonderful piece.

  • TropicalSnowstorm On Saturday, July 22, 2017, TropicalSnowstorm (1710)By person wrote:

    Sorry I am just reading this! My condolences on your loss, may you find peace in this time. Steve Scholar

  • SolApathy On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, SolApathy (540)By person wrote:

    It has always amazed me how much words can convey when arranged into a symphony such as this my friend... Such a tragic event, yet the words echo so much more in silent reflection... Your pieces are always so artful and deep. Thank you for sharing such a personal memory

  • CausticChlorine On Sunday, July 9, 2017, CausticChlorine (109)By person wrote:

    The repetition of the line, "attend no deathwatch" was rather striking to me. It ties the piece together nicely. Almost as if to repeat the hurried reassurances of someone near death.

  • Drea On Saturday, July 8, 2017, Drea (1525)By person wrote:

    I found a comfort in these words. I was reminded of the final days of my great grandma. You captured so much here. My condolences.

  • Jerry stiles On Friday, July 7, 2017, Jerry stiles (380)By person wrote:

    Sorry for your loss,,this fate awaits us all,,I just lost an uncle today and a friend on July 3rd,,,we will see them again,,there will be a great rejoice,,

  • midnights voice On Friday, July 7, 2017, midnights voice (1115)By person wrote:

    Excelent poetry . A lot of craftmanship and hard work went into this one .

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