Invited to sit on the edge of the bed,
I perch myself on the edge of the end of a life
and I listen with my heart to the pounding rhythms
of two lives separated only by age and their positions
one reclined and one upright
both still strong and proud and determined
their love in perfect sync
their hands entwined in a loving embrace
their names the same.
“What do you most admire about your namesake?,”
is the question that releases the holding on and
moist words fall to satiate parched emotions.
“Strength and Love” she says, through tears.
This moment is the only one now. It lingers, hangs about,
transforming the stale air to a more recognizable, lighter, perfumed fragrance.
Everyone in the room notices.
And from where I sit; on the edge of the bed
I am once again witness to the fearless and immense loving the human spirit gives
to those who will leave us.
By Laura Aylmer, LCSWBack to Articles