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Helpless

I watched her in pain, torrid discomfort
She writhed, twisted, rolled around
Then feebly apologised for being a bother
I nodded, half-smiled, fighting tears

I watched her sigh, heave, tremble
She squeezed my hand with a weak grasp
A searing tear besieged my face
Burning my cheek pores as it travelled down

I watched her worry lines get deeper
She lay still as her thumb toe struggled with the index
Her lips moved, gearing for speech
I wait for a spell, but words never found life

I watched her shame as the urine bag filled up 
She looked at me, in search of empathy
I watched, helpless, unable to do much
As the cancer got the better of her

Copyright © Kolapo Olapoju

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