Poem -

By Your Side

By Your Side

I sit by your side and memories swirl
The sweet and the tart
Those more precious than a pearl

I pace back and forth and start to despair
The light leaves your eyes
See how dull and lank is your hair?

I wake up at night softly weeping
No, Iโ€™m not your cousin, your dear aunt or uncle
Gone now are your days of running and leaping

I stand next to you gently reminding
Itโ€™s me, your first born, donโ€™t you know your own daughter?
I talk to myself more than you, I am finding

I curl in a ball and prepare for the end;
A long battle itโ€™s been. A sad journey ahead
Be jolly, be safe, itโ€™s just around the bend

I clutch at your hand, selfishly numb
I know what would happen, but youโ€™re gone, youโ€™re done
I didnโ€™t expect it to feel like this, is that dumb?

I cry out to God, questions floating
How is this fair, I feel alone, I feel empty
I feel disconnected, I feel like Iโ€™m boating

I sit by your side, you encased in wood
I miss you, I love you, stay by my side for now
This time of ours, itโ€™s beenโ€ฆ good.