nancy akbari

A Loved One's Death

Have you ever sat close by as a loved one dies?

He opens his eyes and looks directly at you.

You want to grab that infinitesimally short moment

Before he dies,

Hold on to it tight.

Resist the tug of death

Straining to pull him over

Because once he crosses

You can never get him back.


It's not a mistake you can remedy

It's not an omission you can fill

It's not something you failed to notice

   and now can correct.


No.  It's absolute, cannot be rescued.

It is permanent, irretrievable

Definitely forever.



  • dark_energy

    So happy to hear he is still with you 😁
    Lovely piece!

    • nancy akbari

      Thanks for reading and your good wishes.

    • Accidental Poet

      My adoptive mother passed from Alzheimer's Disease in 2008, and my sister and I held her hands as she passed. A very emotional moment to say the least. Glad you still have your husband there to annoy the shit out of you. That's just his way of saying that he loves you. ; )

    • lasergraph

      Good piece and I can feel the tug at the heart . You don't reach old age without having experienced the loss of someone close. I have a few and your description is certainly knowing. Thanks for a great piece.

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