Last Breath

Last Breath, photographer Shelli Carlisle 2014

Time ceases to make sense
When you’re waiting for someone to die
Instead of watching the clock
Tic tock-ing away
You listen for breaths

Shallow breaths
Slow breaths
Rattling breaths
No breaths
No breaths
No breaths
Gasp
Shallow breaths…

Do you know we are here?
Can you hear our whispers,
our concerns, our conversations?

Warm forehead
cold feet
swollen hands
dry, cracked lips
beating heart, beating heart
shallow breaths…

Are you in pain, afraid, angry?
Do you know you are dying?
Are you filled with regret?

No change
Some change
No change
Some response
No response
Shallow breaths…

Family, friends, caretakers, neighbors
coming and going and coming back again,
and again, and again

Praying
Watching
Listening
Waiting
Waiting
Waiting
For you to let go and take
your last breath

sc2014

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s