Tired eyes can’t always hold your attention. Life has happened so often and for so many seasons that they have a sheen over them that is made of the pain and tears of the years. Looking into mother’s eyes had gotten to be very trying due to that.
Mind bright and aware, she lacked nothing as far as acuity. The pain, though, was the thickest veil that separated her mom from this world and the people she loved. The doctors had tried every medicine available and none reached into her and calmed the frayed nerve endings that cancer had ravaged. She never cried out. Attention would suddenly be focused and her fists would clench. That is how they came to know that the real suffering had returned.
That Friday, she visited at the facility where she stayed. Walking into the room, she caught her with a smile brightening her deeply lined face. Rushing towards her with hesitant hope, she prayed pleadingly that this was real.
“I am pain-free this morning.” she strongly said.
” The peace and comfort of the heavens settled on me last night. I know it’s time to go home now. I want to tell you just how much I love you before my time comes and God has granted me that prayer. I love you, darling and you are my pride and joy!”
She smiled warmly, the veils gone from her eyes and quickly slipped away right then.
Later, the doctors told the grieving daughter that her mom had died during the night! ” But, I just talked to her”, she cried.
“Miss, that’s not possible because she passed last night”, they replied.
Love crosses all barriers. Even those between life and death.
one lone light shines
© Carol Campbell
Heeding Haiku with Chevrefeuille has the prompt of writing a haibun about love.
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