Pagosa Springs Artists

Shutting Down


He’s shutting down,
though he might have
weeks to go yet. He
stopped exercising
at the Y, stopped eating
much, but hasn’t stopped
seeking her touch.;

He looks at green trees
with sadness; they seem
so alive, eternal, magic.
He counts down the hours
every day; they seem so
unbending, relentless.;

He sleeps more, waits for
the other shoe to drop,
the one that makes cancer
turn painful and tragic.
He wants for nothing,
expects nothing. Barely
dares to hope for more.;


first published in Plainsongs Journal

also published in Aries

©2013 Bonnie Manion


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