A Love Letter by Claire Saul
February 22, 2018
In the months leading up to Cheryl’s death at thirty-seven from very aggressive breast cancer, I witnessed my friend’s short battle for life. We found ourselves in the tricky situation of being close friends with children who were best friends, but also my nurse to her patient. We talked and talked, and knew it was only a matter of time until she would need to come into the hospice. The night before she was due to go home I remember begging the night staff (also my friends) to take extra care of her. She wanted to be at home and had a day with her children before she drifted into unconsciousness. She died two days later.
Cheryl’s sister read the poem I wrote for her at the funeral.
Do You Remember?
Do you remember?
Do you remember
That beautiful flower standing
So tall and so vibrant
In the early morning sun?
How the bright light caught and
Reflected the dew on her petals
Scattering a myriad of diamonds
An exotic prism of colours
Dancing hues over the lush lawns.
Those same petals so beautiful
Caught in the fragrant noon day breeze,
Lifted and cruelly strewn
Across that very same lawn
Cutting short her blooming.
But do you remember,
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