Slips off into sleep

As he lay there with hands clenched
eyes rolled back in his head
movements uncontrolled
another tear I shed

Suddenly his eyes are open
he moves and struggles to rise
he's not really back yet
you can see it in his eyes

Hey buddy, how do you feel
No, is all he will say
Can I get you a blanket
No, as he pushes me away

I don't feel good anywhere
all I want to do is die
as he slips off into sleep
there is no time to cry

We discuss what we witnessed
does he need further care
has he regained consciousness
is he truly there

We wake him periodically
to make sure he's okay
he's drained from head to toe
another wasted day

© Abbye

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