Rest in Peace
An ECG's wavering chime.
A weary arm on bleached sheets.
Thin skin draped over hollow bones.
Tired blood plods through winding veins .
Stale light glints through untouched glass.
Bland food steeps in suppressed disdain.
A TV drones to stone deaf ears.
An IV postpones eager sleep.
You clutch my sleeve with grim strength,
And search my gaunt soul for zeal,
But my eyes fix on a tile's webbed crack,
Which guards my heart's feeble rhythm.
Though your life left you long ago,
You cling to it with a knotted fist
And hold your souls on a teetering edge
Just before the great abyss.
So let it go, oh tired friend,
And sink deep into the unknown
Where an eternal embrace
Awaits your soul.
I will erect a stone in your name,
And chisel these words with my own hand:
"Here lies Regret, a faithful friend
May he rest in peace."