Dad’s Decline / In One Word…

Two poems capturing some of the experience of my Dad’s death. Peace to our s!

Dad’s Decline

He went from walking unaided 
    to walker to hospital bed.
Bypassed the disposable underwear, 
    moved straight into diapers.
In one week! Like a prodigy 
    in the art of dying.

In One Word, How Would You Describe
that Last Week with Your Dad?

At the time—
challenging, wearing.
brutal. Yes.
It’s a strong, visceral word.
No more questions, please.


  1. lifelessons says:

    Two strong endings. Just like his.

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