a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Snapped...

Those stairs taunted me
With each step
With each call
It was more difficult
To lift my feet and go
With a smile

Illness is an ugly thing
And comes in many forms
As I cared for the ailing
Sickness entered me
One more ring of the bell
One more weak cry 

I tried for patience
Love and understanding
I was tried and tested
The final test I failed
Empathy no longer inside me
I ended it

They found her
At
The 
Bottom
Of the stairs
I was smiling

23 comments:

Sandra said...

very good, Ms E.G Poe...

Theresa Milstein said...

I like the perspective you took. For some, climbing steps is impossible.

TexWisGirl said...

i knew it was gonna be a dark one. :)

Arushi Ahuja said...

Oh!! I know this... My grama could barely climb stairs and so for my mother in law... its so tiring for them... a nice poem with a dark side... :)

Arushi Ahuja said...

im really sorry for the multiple repetion of the comment gail... dont really know what happened here...

Jinksy said...

That brought us all back to Earth with a bump...

freyawrites.com said...

Enjoyably dark - well written!

Berowne said...

Quite brilliant, actually.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

So enjoyed your poems dark or otherwise.

Truedessa said...

This was wicked fun to read..those stairs where just too much.

Lynne said...

Darkness swept back in . . .
I'd get short on empathy too
doubt I'd push someone down the steps though . . .

Linda Kay Christensen said...

Poem a little dark, but entertaining just the same, and I love the worn steps. Also like the Helen Keller quote.

Mama Zen said...

This is excellent!

LindaG said...

Scary but good!

Karen S. said...

Oh no! Now you must run fast, before C.S.I arrives! Hurry.

Other Mary said...

Oh, you've set that up to be perfectly chilling!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Yes, that was very moving and I think she was right to end it - such a thing to endure is degrading and her smile showed her happy release.
A brilliant take on the prompt ~ Eddie

Cait O'Connor said...

The ending took me by surprise.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Cait said exactly what I was going to say!

Belva Rae Staples said...

Is it evil that I laughed when I read this? Sometimes dark tales crack me up.

Tess Kincaid said...

Your ending surprised me...I liked...

Jenny said...

This is cool. I'm going to have to try this writing challenge.

Yours was brilliantly done!

sreeja harikrishnan said...

the ending really was a surprise....very true about the old age and illness.....its scary.....

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