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	Billie died today. 
	Respiratory failure, 
	quiet and painless.
	She just went away.
	
	I sat beside her bed, 
	watching her breath, 	
	the blue pulse in her neck. 
	She lay on her right side, 
	pale, fetal-curled, 
	facing the wall,
	worn out, used up.
	
	Hospice told me 
	that the only thing 
	keeping her alive 
	was the oxygen being given 
	though the clear plastic mask 
	covering her nose and mouth. 
	There were drops of condensation 
	inside the mask, 
	making most of her small face indistinct. 
	The parts I could see clearly – 
	forehead, 
	cheek and chin, 
	one ear,
	were perfectly calm. 
	
	I was told that I could
	remove the mask. 
	I did. 
	
	She took a single breath, 
	later, another; 
	she was gone.
	
	She would have done the same for me.

         © Jack Jordan 2013

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  1. Date: 3/26/2013 1:18:00 PM

    Jack; I extend my condolences. She is now in a much better place. Jack - I wish I could say something to make you feel better, but we all have a special date with destiny. In my poems - please read ( The Letter ) I think you will like it. May God give you strenght...... Lucilla

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 3/26/2013 4:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for your concern. My Mom died nine years ago. I wrote this some time after, when I could be more objective about what happened and how. Jack
  1. Date: 3/26/2013 6:28:00 AM

    Andrea is right. This is very powerful stuff...sad, but I am guessing she lived a long and fulfilling life. There is something great to be said for that. Regardless, this poem is packed with real feelings...incredible write.

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 3/26/2013 8:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Caleb. She was 87 when she died in 2004. I write this soon after, so the raw emotions were still there. Jack
  1. Date: 3/25/2013 3:37:00 PM

    Jack, this is a moving poem. Sad one but I can tell your love and consideration for her. Who was she for you?

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 3/25/2013 8:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My mother... I am absolutely certain she would have done the same for me. She was quite a woman. Thanks for your comment. I really appreciate it. Jack
  1. Date: 3/25/2013 2:03:00 PM

    What a wonderful friend you are Jack and I only pray I have one so tenderhearted if the occasion should arise.....Donna

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 3/25/2013 3:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm very fortunate in that I know I do have such a person in my life. I know I can count on her. Jack