Monday, October 26, 2009

They said ...

by Ingrid Prohaska


They said
“This is her last chance.”

And a day full of hope began
with a beautiful sunrise behind my mother’s bed;
and I said – I said – I said
“This must be a good day”

They brought her into a room;
There was no sun;
and I said – I said – I said
to her, “We’ll see each other soon”

I walked around,
the time went by, I asked for her;
And they said – they said – they said
“Stay calm, not all is alright.”

I walked around,
the time went by, I asked for her;
And they said – they said – they said
She has only a little chance.”

They sent me home,
they promised to phone,
because they said – they said
“She will die.”
and I said
“No, she won’t.”

Time went by
good days, bad days
and they said – they said – they always said
“She will die.”
and I said
“No, she won’t.”

One day I asked her
“Do you want to go?”
and I felt she said – she said
“No, I don’t.”

Time went by
bad days, worse days
And I just said
“Please stay with me!”
But then I felt she said – she said
“I want to go.”

The day came
when they phoned
and they said – they said – they said
“She’s dying now.”
And I said
“No, not today. Any day but not today.
Why should she take that step?
She couldn’t come back!”

And a ray of sunshine on that foggy day
reached my mother’s face.
And I said
holding her hand
and kissing her cheek
“We’ll see each other again.”

And they said – they said – they just said
“She’s dead.”
And I said,
“No, she is alive!”
And, dear God, I hear her
when she says – she says,
“Don’t cry for me dear child. I’m with you all the time.”

Copyright © 2008 Ingrid Prohaska

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2 comments:

  1. Christine May TurnerMarch 17, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Hello Ingrid, you have made many nice comments about my own poetry and other peoples but now i am going to leave a comment for you! i have just finished reading your poem, "They said" i can hardly see to write these words as you have moved me to tears, yes it was such a moveing, powerfulland sympathetic description this is what happened, your words made me cry, thankyou so much for shareing!x

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  2. Oh my ... Christine, thank you so much for your comment. Well, my mother's death was the most important time in my life and I just wrote down here what happened. That you like it makes me proud and happy. It's great to be in touch with you. Have a great time, Ingrid

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