as flowers of the field

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prognosis grim-

after years of

battling asthma,

her body bearing

those ravages,

she was slowly


to new onslaught:

acute lymphocytic

leukemia, a kind

of cancer…

her own cells

would betray her.


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a wheezing

shortness of

breath was

her personal

trademark, as

was her breezy

sense of humor.

after bad news,

i drove to hospital

to talk for our

last time (before

hospice left her

without words).


she softly

explained to

my young sons

that she would

be going to see

Jesus soon…

i choked back

sobs, blinking

at the gorgeous

gerbera daisy

from her only

grand daughter,

packing to come.


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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ManicDdaily
    Sep 12, 2014 @ 22:52:55

    So sad. k .


  2. Myrna Rosa
    Sep 11, 2014 @ 13:38:29

    This is very sad, yet the love is the light that makes these experiences bearable. Made me think of the day my mother died. The feelings are so heightened when we witness the death of a loved one. You write of it beautifully.


  3. vbholmes
    Sep 11, 2014 @ 11:25:48

    A tender loving tribute to a beloved relative who will be missed.


  4. georgeplace2013
    Sep 10, 2014 @ 22:41:53

    Heartbreaking and tenderly sweet.


  5. zongrik
    Sep 10, 2014 @ 21:57:40


  6. Seasideauthor Sharon Rose ©
    Sep 10, 2014 @ 14:21:12

    Very sweet repose. That flower so beautiful I can see it. Prayers are with you. Shame about medicine causes other things.


  7. Grace
    Sep 10, 2014 @ 12:08:56

    Indeed very heart breaking….you have captured that poignant moment so well ~


  8. Polly
    Sep 10, 2014 @ 12:00:04

    I agree with the previous comments, this is utterly heartbreaking – lump-in-throat stuff – wonderful write.


  9. Victoria C. Slotto
    Sep 10, 2014 @ 04:06:06

    Adding the daisy was very effective. And, indeed, the downside of adequate pain management so often impedes the ability to communicate. It’s a fine line to walk.


    • lynndiane
      Sep 10, 2014 @ 12:37:21

      My family has been blessed more than once by the ministry of hospice…so grateful!(wanted to mention hospice care, keep 13 lines to stanza and note she’ll lose ability to respond…sometimes language is limiting)


  10. katiemiafrederick
    Sep 10, 2014 @ 03:38:26

    i’m so glad the only granddaughter packed with daisy comes to see a love of life again..once again…

    The distances between are so large now..

    but the love never travels far…

    as long as it is true…

    Nice that you have that…

    it’s what far as i know…now…

    in life or death…


  11. Kathy
    Sep 10, 2014 @ 02:57:39

    Bittersweet…here and then gone..


  12. billgncs
    Sep 10, 2014 @ 02:14:12

    it was a good good-bye, with dignity and love.


  13. Desmond, Anthony (@iamEPanthony)
    Sep 10, 2014 @ 01:56:13

    heartbreaking… ugh, got a bit misty-eyed. Cancer has taken too many away from us… And the last imagery of the gerbera daisy from her only grand daughter–gorgeous.


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