The Talk ~ Poetics ~ dVersePoets

The Talk

“You know only you can do this…”
I look at him
standing there, blocking the last few rays of sun filtering through the curtains

“You’ve waited long enough, any longer…”
His voice trails off, awaiting my response.
I turn from him, not wanting him to see.

Back to him, I breathe deep
praying the tears that are threatening to overwhelm
don’t fall…there’s been so many lately

and he hates when I do this, he always has
I can’t blame him
I cry over the freakin’ church commercials on TV

Suddenly, his hand is on my shoulder
turning me, there is no pity in his eyes
He is strong. He always has been

The yin to my yang, my rock
My lips move, but no sound emerges
just that shaky breath, that I can’t believe

carries enough air to fill my lungs.
“They’re waiting.”
I know he doesn’t want to push

But he knows he has to.
An entire family is waiting, not knowing
and like him, they too look to me.

I nod, and take his hand in my own
and without a word
we move as one, both dreading

the conversation to come.

Today at Poetics, Claudia has teased us with a call and response prompt.  Communication and conversation, swirling around us 24/7…my many and varied personalities won’t even quiet themselves to let me sleep! 😉  So…I’ve learned to appreciate the silence that can sometimes answer that call.  Hope you’ll join us today at the pub.  dVerse is calling you…will you respond?


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