Halfway To Heaven

Halfway To Heaven

A Poem by Gee
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Age and illness, me and mum

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For many years now this her place,
a tightrope walked unsteadily between life and death.
Stooped by age she sees no way forward
living ever in the now,
a routine existence from which she escapes only ever briefly,
leafed pages revealing what might have been
had she not .....

2 failed marriages, 7 kids, many jobs,
many more lonely nights,
respite only when her brood briefly fostered.

On good days her mind, wit, has her tongue running humorous rings around us,
on bad, she stumbles, trips on words, forgets,
"What was I saying.."
We drink tea, I get the latest death count,
"He/she was only.... " and then an age applied.

At her lowest, when most ill
I asked what gives her the strength to carry on,
if she was afraid of dying, she laughed.
"I'm not afraid of death, I fear only what I'll miss when dead,
I'm to nosy to die"

And so she carries on,
precariously balanced,
halfway to heaven,
with me prepared,
stood down,
prepared,
stood down,
but never really ready.















© 2017 Gee



Author's Note

Gee
A bit disjointed but hopefully makes sense.

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This is brilliant! I love the realistic terms, but each one freshly stated. There are many poems posted here about this topic, but this is one of the best & most original to me. The 3rd stanza is so true-to-life, could be any older person doing this! And this little snippet: "I'm to nosy to die" -- perfect reveal! I love the title & I feel the title, plus I like the way you used it in last stanza (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Days Ago


Gee

1 Day Ago

Thank you. This is as true to life as it gets having had these conversations many a time on my twice.. read more
barleygirl

1 Day Ago

This poem makes me feel as if I know your mum! *smile*
Gee

1 Day Ago

You’d love her as she would you. Thank you
Beautiful we are all half way really from the day we born some go sooner than others I've lost both parents all my aunties uncles bar one a sister a good g f and grandparents and age is to be embraced not feared if we age it means we not dead yet sorry you have to see her she and get sick it is heartbreaking I know you cherish her I can tell go make some memories with her take lots of pics xx. Good poem very good

Posted 2 Months Ago


Gee

2 Months Ago

Thank you kindly J.
a sensitive and sharply well described work Gee, You give us a personal account of watching your mother's aging process and the way in which this affects others.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Gee

2 Months Ago

Cheers John, I think she'll outlive us all
Beautiful, thought-provoking, and certainly not disjointed. This poem truly makes you think about the later years in a person's life and how complex they really are. Thank you for providing a wonderful read.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Gee

2 Months Ago

Thank you for your kind comments.
"2 failed marriages, 7 kids, many jobs,
many more lonely nights,
respite only when her brood briefly fostered."

Very Well-written. :)


Posted 2 Months Ago


Gee

2 Months Ago

Again thank you..
I like this, "Stooped by age she sees no way forward,
living ever in the now, a routine existence
from which she escapes only ever briefly,
leafed pages revealing what might have been
had she not .....

2 failed marriages, 7 kids,"

This is a poignant verse about that time in life that most of us reach, and all of us expect to reach. It is for sure a limbo time for most. This poem is not disjointed. It is free verse, and it reads like we think, which is a good thing.

You might like my poem "One Day She'll Be Gone". Thanks for reviewing my poem "Pumpkins & Chilly Nights". I liked your description, so unique and strange, but intriguing, but surprisingly accurate.

Posted 4 Months Ago


Gee

4 Months Ago

Thank you..
This not only makes you think, but feel. Well done.

Posted 4 Months Ago


Gee

4 Months Ago

Thank you..
Solemnly sobering write my friend - indeed - your poetically poignant piece does bring out this reader's own thoughts on the subject. More than two thousand years ago, the Greek philosopher Epicurus constructed an argument against fearing death that has since become even more plausible: “Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.” - :-)

Posted 4 Months Ago


Gee

4 Months Ago

It's not so much the dying it's the suffering that may be involved travelling to meet Mr Reaper. A g.. read more
Being an old mum myself i understand her stubbornness to keep going, sometimes life is so hard when you have children that it makes you strong enough to get through anything.
"I'm not afraid of death, I fear only what I'll miss when dead,
I'm to nosy to die" .... haha that's me too !

Posted 4 Months Ago


Gee

4 Months Ago

Long may you both live on. Cheers

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Added on April 22, 2017
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