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Below is the poem entitled LAST WISHES which was written by poet Cyndi MacMillan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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It begins

death’s odd intro
as familiar as family
as familiar as a father's tales

but it speaks the idioms of sheaths,
a silence under the rumble
and that terminal pause
of emptiness
will come the keening
our aria of love-loss 
wordless and ageless
begging begging begging
for more moments
for laughter over the breaking of bread
for another long afternoon
for one miracle

for him

the phone will ring, very soon

and I will picture her face
forever rearranged by the news
of her father’s passing

never more a child
never the same

a chrysalis once more
formed in mourning
such a fragile strength

then death, fostering,
will hover in apology 

touching her

*My brother in law is now in palliative care... my 18 year old niece has just begun university. I was the same age when I lost my mother... too young too young. Prayers for a painless passing and strength for the family greatly appreciated. Love to all.

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  1. Date: 9/19/2013 1:03:00 PM
    ohh, cyn.. you're back!.. i can relate, sweets; my mom passed on years back and it was her birthday last sept 17... this is a compelling write, so touching and personal.. how are you?.. sent you a soupy weeks ago.. take care and miss ya lots!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 9/18/2013 2:32:00 PM
    Cyndi------!.....God bless

  1. Date: 9/17/2013 12:08:00 PM
    Cyndi a very moving write, the format is very well thought out as it slowly drifts along with the theme, very well done and nice to read your work again...David

  1. Date: 9/16/2013 11:56:00 AM
    A true and wonderful keening, maybe you can write a eulogy? [ I smiled at your comment on LIPPING ..well..LOL... I had to use something other than kissing! and I liked it! I am always surprised when people like verses which were come by so effortlessly? & I was actually denying the topic /nod/] I miss YOU! But I have had a blast of a summer all do to YOU telling me to stop writing and go enjoy summer! XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXOOOOOOOOOOO

  1. Date: 9/16/2013 8:29:00 AM
    Cyndi, really sorry about what you and your family are going through. you will all be in my prayers... Could not have put the feelings more intensely than this.!! Jag

  1. Date: 9/14/2013 2:19:00 PM
    This is so intense, so thick with the unspeakable.

  1. Date: 9/13/2013 1:27:00 AM
    - Grief is painful to bear .... a touching and well written poem, with strong feelings Cynthia ! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 9/12/2013 10:53:00 PM
    Yes, They will be in my prayers and fervently hope you to come out this sad situation.

  1. Date: 9/12/2013 10:36:00 PM
    oh my, your poor niece and family, Cynthia. Out of tragedy is born a beautiful poem of such depth. I'm sorry for what is happening to your brother. Is this why we have not seen you blogging much lately? So sorry and for that same loss of your mother.

  1. Date: 9/12/2013 10:03:00 PM
    An incredible write, Cyndi! So sad to lose a loved one especially a parent. Will pray for your brother's painless passing and strength and comfort for your family. Love, Kim