Angel Dust

Angel Dust

A Poem by David Lewis Paget

You said that you came from Angel Dust
When I saw you emerge from mist,
Your hair was covered with spangles, and
Gold bangles dangled each wrist,
Your bare feet trampled the Autumn leaves
Whose gold reflected on high,
The rest of you, like some ancient rust,
That’s when I knew you’d die.

And then I awoke and saw you there
Asleep in our giant bed,
All thoughts of a gold goddess were fairly
Skittering from my head,
Your breath, it was long and laboured, and
Your hair, it was falling out,
With tufts of it on the pillow there
The chemo had left no doubt.

And all the love that I had for you
Poured out of my aching heart,
At least I knew that you loved me too,
You’d said we would never part,
But nobody told this grim disease
That came to you in a flood,
To desecrate your perfection, then
To end with you coughing blood.

You begged to me that I end it, that
I put out the final light,
That thing I loved, that I rend it, that
You wouldn’t put up a fight,
I wept as I kissed you one last time
Held on till I stopped your breath,
And felt you fall from me, after all
Through the final stages of death.

And then in the early morning as
I stood distraught by the bed,
I thought that I saw you rise again
Though I knew you were surely dead,
And I thought that you came from Angel Dust
When you wandered into the mist,
For your hair was covered with spangles, and
Gold bangles dangled each wrist.

David Lewis Paget


© 2016 David Lewis Paget



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A beautifully sad write.
The repeated beginning and end - the Alpha and Omega.
Powerful yet so very gentle.
Amazing

Posted 12 Months Ago


The images you drew of love and the pain to end the life of a loved one from a tragic disease like cancer...hauntingly beautiful...

Posted 1 Year Ago


A sad and powerful tale written my friend. You create beauty, a mercy and the ending. Left the reader with visions of something lost and new pain gained. Thank you David for sharing the excellent poetry.
Coyote

Posted 1 Year Ago


This one gave me chills. They wanted my husband on life supports, but he had told me for years he would never want to go that way. Not wanting to see that suffering pain in his eyes I did his wishes, why hang on to a vegetable. Yet I still wonder what if at times. Valentine

Posted 1 Year Ago


Even in the dark you find beauty and lay it across thorough with words and painted imagery. I admire your work and the depth you take people to. I can relate by family to this poem, thanks again for the request.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Ugh, cancer. The absolute worst disease I've ever seen! How sad that her love had to end it for her. But to watch her rise again in glory, with bangles and spangles and happy; dancing off into the mist! I love it

Posted 1 Year Ago


How beautiful and heart-wrenching....how could one not cry. Your words cover the sadness of any loss that affects ones heart, rains on their parade or boggles ones mind! love it....Barbz

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Added on November 7, 2016
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Tags: spangles, rust, chemo, goddess

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David Lewis Paget
David Lewis Paget

Moonta, South Australia, Australia



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