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I watched her frail body Laying there Her every breath a struggle The light in her eyes Dim ….. I’ve watched my ma for years, working, living, trying to keep us happy. I saw her but did’t really see her. When did she get old?...

I watched her frail body

Laying there

Her every breath a struggle

The light in her eyes

Dim

…..

I’ve watched my ma for years, working, living, trying to keep us happy. I saw her but did’t really see her. When did she get old? How did I not see the wrinkles? and the tiredness in her soul?

…..

I watched her frail body

Counting the scars

Varicose veins

Bulging

Constantly

…..

Are you happy ma? I’m so sorry I didn’t take care of you.

…..

I watched her frail body

Touching her scars

The ones we caused

Stretch marks

Sagging breasts

…..

She never once complained when we didn’t call… She forgave without us asking… Prayed relentlessly for our success

…..

I watched her frail body

Creaking bones

Old yet strong

Gracefully aged

Despite the lines

…..

I wept uncontrollably…

“Don’t cry child.. don’t cry. My scars may throb with buried memories… they may be signs that I’ve been hurt, but they are also a sign that I’ve healed. I have lived my life and made my choices and I have had a happy life… and if I die today, I’ll die knowing I have given you and your siblings my strength…”

…..

I watched her frail body

As she drew her last breath

Her eyes lit up

And her lips formed a smile

I watched her frail body

Go limp and cold

As her soul

Lifted up

To high heavens

To her new home….

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Originally published on my blog here

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