TIME OUT

You could feel the tears
embedded in the email
“We didn’t know
she had only three years.”
She is 84 and failing
in so many small ways
that the prognosis
comes with great pain,
but barely shock
save for its delivery.
So we cherish
the remaining days
and cast the estimate aside.

2 thoughts on “TIME OUT

  1. Thanks for sharing. I just went through something similar this summer, and you really capture the moment.

  2. I love your use of “you” in this poem. I have many fights with myself about using “you” in poems since it can be either successful or damaging to a poem. Great poem!

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