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While standing in the open door
Seeing she couldn't eat anymore
I watched sadly as there she sat
Hands calmly folded and laid in her lap
I could see she had become so weak
And desperately only wanting to sleep
The beautiful black hair that was so long
Tis just a memory now. It's all gone.
Although she tries hard not to let it show
She's in pain and she knows that I know
There's no longer a reason to pretend
We both know it''s so very near the end
She looks at me with searching eyes
And so quickly it came as no surprise
There by her side I roll her a joint
Political issues here have no point
With a deep breath in to comfort and ease
The dawning of her death with dignity
As she exhales slowly she begins to smile
Grateful eyes stare back at  me all the while
After a time as I see her fade into sleep
And tuck her in gently and begin to weep
As I place the marijuana back on the shelf
I wipe my flowing tears and think to myself
While she now rests so quiet and at peace
Death eludes her today but Mercy at least

Although not entered this poem was inspired by the Medicinal Marijuana contest.  I think its pretty clear where I stand.

Copyright © by Scarlett Sepulvado Anderson

Anthology: Sunflowers and Seashells
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Publisher: Eber & Wein Publishing
597 S. Main St. Shewsbury, PA 17361

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  1. Date: 9/7/2010 7:24:00 PM
    You have a cool last name;) LOL You have any family in NC? Glad you like "Nigerian Queen". Thnx for the kind comments. Jimmy

  1. Date: 8/5/2010 7:34:00 PM
    Wonderful write Scarlett with intricate rhyme scheme.. powerful piece too with a poignant opinion.. enjoyed my friend..with luv..

  1. Date: 8/5/2010 5:40:00 AM
    Great poem, Scarlett! I once rescued my friend when he felt terribly ill as someone had given him cocaine without knowing it. Marijuana could alleviate pain for cancer patients for sure. And Coca leaves (not to be confused with rthe drug cocaine) helps when taken as a tea against stomach problems....Thank you also for your kind comments and have yourself a wonderful day!...Gert:)

  1. Date: 8/4/2010 6:56:00 AM
    In the situation of a dying friend, family member or other loved one I am sure that most would do whatever they could to ease pain...It is a sad write and I hope that it is just a write and not life's experience for you...There is marjuana in pill form for the appetite part of cancer(had a friend who had cancer and was prescribed the pill)...Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my work..

  1. Date: 8/4/2010 2:22:00 AM
    one has to admire you Scarlett, this is an excellent poem, such feeling and truth. Harry

  1. Date: 8/3/2010 11:18:00 PM
    Scarlett, I did the same thing for a friend dying of cancer and struggling through chemo. Most of the contest winners opposed the use of medical marijuana, but I know it can ease pain. It was very loving of you to take care of your friend. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 8/3/2010 10:06:00 PM
    You are clever Scarlett, enjoyed your poem, have a nice one. Also good luck in the contest,..p.d.

  1. Date: 8/3/2010 10:05:00 PM
    Very calming to the one needed caring. A very nice entry to the contest, Scarlett. Appreciate your kind praise to my poem. (^_^) Noel.