Daddy and Hospice

Daddy and Hospice

A Poem by Debbie Barry

A poem about my initial reaction to the news that my father has been moved to Hospice. Facing imminent death takes your breath away.


I thought I was ready

To hear the news,

Whenever it would come.


I thought I was ready,

But I was wrong;

The message came too soon.


I thought I was ready

To hear the news

That his time was drawing near.


I thought I was ready,

But when the news came,

I couldn't hold back my tears.

© 2017 Debbie Barry

Author's Note

Debbie Barry
I got the news last night. Initial reactions to the poem are welcome.

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I've been there and these words ring true. It's a tough row to hoe. Inevitable--yes, but not necessarily accepted. May all involved find strength.

Posted 1 Year Ago

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Debbie Barry

1 Year Ago

Thanks, Samuel. I appreciate the kid words. I'm sorry you've been there.

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Added on November 9, 2017
Last Updated on November 9, 2017
Tags: poem, poetry, father, parent, hospice, illness, alzheimers, end of life, emotional overload, sorrow


Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..