Ah, here again. We know this place, you and I.
Murmuring heads leaning over a chart, talking about what’s next. Phones and bells and monitors ringing and beeping. Soft footfalls in the hall outside your door. The steady whir and click of the IV as it drips fluid and medication into your veins.
Another hospital. Another time when the outside world disappears and everything in our lives narrows to this room, this bed, this time.
As our future unfolds before my eyes, I ask only one thing.
Will you promise me this?
If I am lying in that narrow bed, if I am dying before you, will you slip in with me, wrap your arms around me and hold me the way you do every morning before we get up?
It is a small act but it would give me the courage to go quietly into that dark good night. If you are there, nesting with me, my back leaning on your chest, our heads together, your breath caressing my neck, I can reach out and hold on.
I will not be afraid. I will be loved into the next world, soaring on your heartbeat and the touch of your hand on mine. And when it’s over, when I am gone, lay your lips next to my ear and says these words – for you. For me. For us.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
And know that I am not gone, I am there, just beyond the horizon, waiting to take your hand in mine once again.