By his bedside she stood gazing affectionately but-
With sorrowful eyes as he lay frail and helpless
Initially signs of recognition he showed but-
They soon faded away!
Confused, he raised and turned his head this way and that
Then rested it on the pillow-
Completely perplexed he slumbered.
It seemed he was looking for someone/something
Or just trying to figure out exactly where he was!
She gently told him ‘in a hospital’ –
Quietly he nodded in surprise but had no strength to ask ‘why?’
His condition deteriorated at a fast pace and-
Soon he on an eternal journey set off!
The body now in a coffin lay-
No tears she shed but moved about courageously-
Hiding and burying her emotions deep –
In the depth of fathomless grief!
When no one she thought was watching-
The glass coffin she’d approach –
Gaze at him as if he would awaken any moment-
While tenderly (through the glass) she tried to touch his cheeks.
Worried everyone was for she shed not a tear
No one could gauge the immeasurable pain she carried-
Behind that outward serenity
Some prayed for her to cry, some for her welfare
While she moved about as normally as she usually did
When the final hour of saying ‘Good Bye’ to him came
Few tears trickled down her cheeks before she could stop them
Many heaved a sigh of relief although it wasn’t enough
But in a day or two-
The dam of sorrow broke down and for hours she did cry!
No matter how strong we act –
Death wins over us, untouched by it we can’t survive for long
The tears rolled down her eyes over her cheeks like incessant rainfall
Sobbing bitterly into her pillow she dozed off
Being a very brave lady undoubtedly –
She will get over this most difficult period of her life but-
But what about the massive vacuum created in her life?
O God, the Almighty kindly protect and bless her always and-
Keep her safe by day and night.
~ Anurdha S. Bannore