Summer skies, yet I’m in gloom.
Remembering the day that felt like doom.
I should be happy,
That was his only wish.
But all I can remember
And all I can think of is this:
3:39am last breath he took.
I watched him lay there lifeless.
Memories flooded; outside no light.
Sounds of birds chirping nonstop.
Cries throughout the room
Knowing his days of fighting were at end.
No longer in pain.
No longer to suffer.
No more breathing tubes.
No more daily oxygen machine.
No more chest pains or heart attacks.
Just still pictures and vague memories.
His voice is fading.
I cannot remember how it sounded.
Only that it was strong.
With every words he said,
Deep breath he’d take.
Every step, every climb,
More and more weaker,
He’d slow down to take another breath.
In our midst his life deteriorated.
But he wouldn’t let us see.
When he smiled no teeth did show.
Only six he had left.
Through his weakened state,
He still helped his family.
Didn’t have to,
He did anyway.
He helped me clean and organize my room,
Even though in a second I’d mess it up again.
Loved me with all my flaws.
Wanted only the best a father could wish.
Now he’s gone and I still exist.
With memories that are fading-
I’m afraid they’ll be gone in a flash.
How can I save them
Before they disappear?
Once they are gone I doubt they’ll appear.
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