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Coming Home--Sad

thanksgiving coming
he asks over and over
when will you be here
I will be ready to go
with a kiss I say "early"

since February
after his legs were removed
he has not been home
our son will be there to help
coming home for Thanksgiving

arriving early,
he is sleeping so soundly
not ready to go.
I cannot awaken him.
the nurse shakes her head sadly.

he won't be waking
how long will it be before
it could be a day or weeks
turkey cooking, guests coming
daughter comes to relieve me.

I phone everyone
all children and grandchildren
we all want to be there 
browned turkey comes out of oven
stuffing is his favorite

stirring the gravy
I hear telephone ringing
instantly I know
message brief and to the point
empty chair for evermore  

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  1. Date: 12/20/2013 8:52:00 AM
    This is heart wrenching Joyce, I am off to read the other one.

  1. Date: 12/13/2013 11:58:00 PM
    JOyce, I am finally seeing the whole poem about your dear husband. So sad what happened and HOW it happened. a terrible loss in your life. wanted to come here also and say thanks for the Christmas book of poems you sent. How wonderful and to see you in those pictures. That was such a tribute for you. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 12/5/2013 1:42:00 PM
    Oh Joyce, how sad this is. A wonderful entry for the contest. I hope to see it high on the winners list. BG