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Saturday, June 4, 2011

The End - A Saturday Centus

Love was not enough

to keep him alive.

I could not will him

not to die. The end

was soft and gentle

June eight, two thousand nine.

© cj Schlottman


Bookie said...

Piercing yet tender. Nice--and I know personal take on the prompt.

jeff campbell said...

Well done my was not the end, and love is enough, to keep him alive in your thoughts and is the little and the great, the less and more...the glue that holds our parts and pieces together...Peace and blessings

Christine said...

Love gave him the gentle end.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Aw, so sad, this feels very personal.

Sue said...

Anniversaries are so hard, and I can feel this one coming in your poem.

Bookie got it right. Piercing is the only word for this lovely piece.

Hugs to you, cj.


Nonna Beach said...

Outstanding job ! Heartbreaking but so sweet !

skoots1mom said...

catches my heart

June Freaking Cleaver said...

The loss is always more real when the anniversary is near.

He was fortunate to make a gentle exit - and now you stay to finish the life story.

skoots1mom said...

thx 4 stopping by my prayers is to be cold one day. i never imagined a complete hysterectomy bringing on such havoc...hrt's have helped a little ...your words help encourage me :)
Hope Macon's not too hot...we've been blistering up here north of ATL

Ames said...

It is still painful I can tell. Hugs!~Ames

Dazee Dreamer said...

That is truly beautiful. Told from the heart.

upinthecosmos said...

So sad yet written so lovingly:-)

5thsister said...

Beautiful and touching.

My hat is off to you...I believe this must be my favorite of the bunch for I deal with death and dying in my line of work and I read honest and poignant truth in your words.

Jingle said...

so few words.
what powerful imagery.
well done.


jfb57 said...

This is a wonderful tribute. Thank you for sharing so beautiful words.

shannon i olson said...

touching, sad and peaceful. nicely done said...

This is very profound and powerful, cj. It also has a peaceful feel to it. Very nice.

PS Yes, I was thinking my poem would end with "friend." You got it!


Purvi said...

The first two lines gave me hiccups.. they were so painfully close to something! Powerfully sad.

Jo said...

oh ... so much was packed into those few words ... really beautiful.

Judie said...

CJ, I know it was written from your heart. A great tribute.

Tgoette said...

Beautifully touching and clearly heartfelt. Thank you for sharing, CJ.

Rek said...

A wonderful, touching tribute...he is defenitely in a better place,

Anna said...

What a beautiful poem about your dear husband at the end of his life.

I will never experience this kind of love because I will most likely never marry again. But my mother and father had a beautiful marriage. It was truly a Cinderella-story. They were so right for each other.

I wrote this on another participant's SC-post in response to a poem about a death. I think you may appreciate it:

Lovely poem about "the end" for us all. We try to not think about it, but it is there. Always. And it is our task to help those whom we love och who love us, to help them leave this world in peace.

My mother held my father's hand until the end. Their love was amazing. She kept her promise to love and cherish him, and he was grateful to her for it.
"Be happy" was one of the last things he said before he no longer could speak.

(But I did not write this for my centus. I tried to be funny.)

Best wishes,
P.S. Thank you for visiting my Post! For the benefit of other readers:
Miss O'Hara's Last Words-SC wk 57

Jenny said...

Oh, I wish I could give you a hug. This was so tender and poignant. What a lovely tribute to true love.