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She sat in her chair
Staring straight ahead
Her faded blue eyes
Appearing glazed and red

Not moving a muscle
No view outside to see
Just a brick wall ahead
Not even a green tree

Tears running down her cheeks
Dripping down to her lap
Only her memories to see
Her old body now a trap

Remembering the times past
Love, laughter and family
Now all alone and no hope
Just waiting for life’s finale

Written by: Kathy © June 27, 2021
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Posted: Jun 2021
About this poem:
Update: A dear friend of mine was just told last week that she only has 6-8 months left to live because she has Lung Cancer. She never smoked a day in her life!! I originally wrote when entering period of time when my Mom passed away. Towards the end she sat in her chair staring at the wall and remembering memories. I thought it was my memories coming to me - however, possibly it was meant for my friend instead. Kathy

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Then she heard a car drive in to the yard
And a voice from the front hall door
Yelled "Hello, Marge, are you in there"
Twas the voice of her childhood sweetheart.

Ha Ha I prefer happy endings.

Well done! innocent
certainly sad Kathy, reminded me of Whistler's Mother
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Nicely written GP as always. So sad but spirit up. We live in our aging bodies yet we should never let our hearts fell old...and without hope...SMheart wings
Unfortunately a reality for many Kathy,
You captured the feelings well with your words. Keep that chin up !

Regards Mick

hi Kathy! sad feelings, but you ve described great your emotions . hope you are doing well. stay safe. Lily hug
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Thank you GED but life doesn't always have a happy ending for all Senior Citizens. Thanks for stopping by to read.

Kathy wave
Sad feelings are good for poems Kathy, there is more to see though than sad memories or some signs of aging, you surely know that.wave
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Thank you Yaspark - yes I know. This was really not about me (yet). I was thinking about my Mom and how she sat in her chair and stared straight ahead at the wall at times trapped in her memories as her body was deteriorating. It is very sad to watch and a sad memory. She went into the hospital 13 years ago on July 17th and passed away on August 5th - so this time of year these sad memories return to haunt me.
Thanks for your kind comments everyone!

Kathy, we all have this time of year when we particularly miss those who left. Now your poem feels very relevant.handshake
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Thank you yaspark!

this is nice and touchinghandshake
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I'm not very religious, Kathy, but your mum, must be in some type of better place. Extreme old age is no state to be in for an extended length of time. At last, (one way, or another), suffering ends....well written, and a nice tribute to your mother (Aussies say mum not mom, just to let you know, if you are confused about my spelling......sad flower
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Thank you Rolly Blue.

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Hi LCBR - good to hear from you! Miss your picture, though. Mom definitely is in a better place now. But memories dribble back sometimes and an idea and emotions for a poem develop. Good to see you writing again.

Kathy wave
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In the past 2 weeks I have learned that a dear friend of mine is dying of Lung Cancer. She never smoked a day in her life. The doctor has given her a lifespan of 6-8 months. All she can do is cry and shake her head in disbelief. She is struggling and so am I from the shock. You just never know.

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My friend passed away - she is now with her husband Jack.

Sorry to read of your loss sad flower

May she be resting in peace with him angel angel
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Thank you Celtic Witch. It is very important for those who are healthy to remember that the older ones who are alone were once young too and still feel young at heart. It is our bodies that are aging - not our minds, feelings and soul!

So many elderly people are forgotten, and it's so sad that a person who has lived a long full life, with so much to share gets overlooked in the corner,sad flower
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