Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Unexpected sunset

I am participating in the
 Slice of Life.  
All participants are writing about one moment, one part of their day, 
on Tuesdays.
Thank you, Two Writing Teachers!

My husband's brother is in hospice, at end of life. I wrote this poem as we traveled by car from Maryland to Georgia, to be alongside him. Have you had that sensation where every song you hear seems to apply to the pain you are currently feeling? This was true for us, as we drove...and influenced this poem a bit. 

Unexpected Sunset

Unexpected sunset,
sky bursting
red and orange,
white, gray, and darker still,
interspersed with puffs of blue,
followed by
a gorgeous
full moon.
Last breaths.
Many long highway miles,
stretch and fatigue,
so many aching
fleeting words,
whispers of love,
all along the highway,
as we travel
to be bedside
last breaths.
Listen to Roseanne and Bruce wail,
like a lost ship,
adrift on the sea,
sea of heartbreak,
lost love and loneliness.
We are heartbroken,
this suffocating pain,
a life too short.
Unexpected sunset.
Full moon.
Last breaths.

In the midst of so much pain,
there is great beauty.


  1. What a beautiful and poignant tribute. Comfort to you on the loss of your loved one.

  2. So sorry for your loss. A beautiful reflection that I hope brings some peace to your thoughts.