Passing Phases

Phase 1:               The Health


We don’t know just why, it is that someone has to die

It’s sometimes hard to explain, or even just to try

You help them to live knowing that they are going away

And it’s sometimes hard to get through a single, frustrating day

It isn’t that you don’t have the will to help them all day long

But it doesn’t come with a plan, it always goes all wrong

But they are still with us, yet it just can’t be forever

So we must keep our happiness and our thoughts together




Phase 2:               The Dying


It will happen soon, there isn’t anything you can do

Despite how you handle it, it is all just ahead of you

You know that it’s a day, or maybe just a week

But there’s no place to look, no clue for you to peek

It will come when it does, be it this minute or another

It all seems the same, one is always the same as the other

Hard as it is to wait, you hope that it takes long

Yet every moment passing, it is hard to remain strong




Phase 3:               The Burial


So now it finally has gone beyond the time to wait

The passing has happened, they have now become ‘the late’

To say that there are tears, is just a common thing

The blindness is so painful, a heart could hardly sing

Yet you know that this will also pass by too

Just as people do, the tears will stop for you

That each tear is a memory, it could easily be said

At the time it is so hard to think of anyone as dead




Phase 4:               The Aftermath


So the business has been started, a beginning to the end

For which our parted loved one, a trip that we will send

We cover up their faces and bodies in a tomb

Talk about his passing while gathered in a room

And as tradition and religion dictate that we do

We settle the body, or intern it as the directors say to you

Relief will come at last, but not so timely as you hope

You still have the paperwork, the estate, and bills of which to cope.


Barbara Blackcinder

About Barbara Blackcinder

I am a poet/writer with a need for words. There are so many out there that I haven't used yet. They define all reality and mine when you read those from me.
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One Response to Passing Phases

  1. Ah, the Stages we must live through

    Bless you, Barbara

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