The last word

what shall be your last word spoken

what shall be that last word said

will there be a soft one listening

there beside your final bed

..

or if you would leave on some non descript day

will the word be a mumble as you rush on your way

as you kiss her, fleeting, on a passing cheek

“pickup my dry cleaning, it’s been over a week”

..

week?

..

so much hurrah over baby’s first word

yet of grandad’s last, who knows; no one heard

no one leaned into the crackles of fading breath

to decipher his utterances

welcoming

death

..

what shall be your last word spoken

what shall be that last word said

speak as if that last day arrives

so fleeting is life

on fragile thread

..

For Soriah…. I was listening x

77 thoughts on “The last word”

      1. My sweet harbinger, I pronounce thee un-spammed and now ready for peaceful dreams, aloft puffy clouds! Get thee your slumber and lets word joust on yonder morn! Hehe. ❤

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      2. Oh wow! Now if that doesn’t give me a great sleep (what’s left of it) and a great day, I don’t know what will! Thank you Diana, for coming like a saviour in this frustrating hour 🙏😢🌸💟😇

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  1. speak as if that last day arrives – these words stay with me, and the entire poetry very touching! It is so humbling and powerful to have a reminder of how fleeting life is. Soriah came to me mind as I began reading …

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    1. Yes dear lady, it’s for her. I’ve received a last message from Soriah this morning..and have spent most of my time since watching a fierce wind push clouds across my sky. I think her soul readies for flight ❤️❤️

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  2. A moving tribute, subtly weaving the sense of recent loss with feelings of loss from elsewhere. Diana, you’ve conveyed that which you needed to express in a way that honours without intrusion of privacy. A beautiful and erudite piece indeed. x

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    1. Sometimes our writes are almost like journal entries, and this is a tough one. But thank you for your warmth and ever present support. You are a gentle man and super friend ❤️🌸🌸

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      1. My gosh, this piece brought serious tears to my eyes. I hope you’re okay? A couple days ago I noticed her blog was gone already, terribly poignant. Just discovered that beautiful place. Sigh. 🌸🦋

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      2. I don’t think I have a choice but to eventually be ok. I received a last email from her which was the singularly most beautiful email I have ever received in my life. Such warmth even though she was so weak. A final poem from frail fingers. Amazing woman really. So in awe of her courage. So devastated to lose a friend so quickly.

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      3. Thanks sweetie! Yes we took to exchanging daily emails as she wasn’t going out hardly at all anymore. I thought she would live a few more months at least. She was a teacher of literature and her letters were art themselves.
        Yes she was most surprised and grateful to bond through letters. We shared some intimate thoughts as one does when days are dwindling. Yet I was selfish, I really wanted more time. Sigh. She is a beautiful lesson to me, to be reminded of the fragility of life and the importance of love till the last moment.
        She said “may you be blessed with a long and healthy life filled with love. Beyond that, nothing matters”
        Oh my god, crying again here …

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    1. Dear Ben … I knew you would find your wonderful motivation in my words. You have great spirit running through your veins: a shining example for all who come in contact with you 💕😊

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  3. I’m lost for words !! I read a lot of poems on hundreds of blog sites, and every now and then, I come across a poem that knocks me outta my socks, and I print them off and put them in a folder of mine, called “Special Poems By Other Poets”, and now your superb poem, “The Last Word”, is in that special folder….. and when I’ve spoken my last word, my poem folders will be going with me……

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    1. Wow, dear Ivor – what amazing feedback and I’m so touched. A great idea to have a special binder…and how privileged I feel to have created a piece that you deem worthy of entry into such an esteemed collection. This “sock knocking off” phenomenon is spreading 🙂 ❤

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  4. This is very heartfelt and moving, Diana. Such a thoughtful and beautiful tribute for Soriah. Bless her, and bless you for being there for her at the very end. I am very sorry for your loss, Diana. Her light will shine on and within all she touched.

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  5. Oh this was heartbreaking! This is so raw and genuine. It transported me to your cracked soul. I feel for you and Soriah. You brought her so much and you were the recipient of some of her precious last words. You are such a generous open-hearted soul. We are all drawn to your kindness and your gorgeous art.

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    1. Oh my! You are so beautiful in offering these sentiments. Thank you.
      Thank you. Such heady compliments. Wow.
      B, the photograph I took after Soriah’s last letter. You have never seen such a sky as the clouds raced and tumbled. I was sure she was moving the heaven’s as if riding on a celestial chariot. There were numerous days of such beautiful skies; sunsets. I hold her responsible and shall always remember the surreal display and how it affected me. Sending love…❤️

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      1. Maybe her soul is hovering in the skies watching over you, or maybe nature is responding your call and bringing her magic to heal your wounded heart. Either way Soriah’s beautiful presence still fills the air. Sending love back. ❤

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      2. Your words are eloquent offerings I find much comfort in. 😌💜
        I couldn’t help but reply to one of her comments on a thread last night. Of course I ending up crying … but somehow I feel, somewhere her spirit sensed my post humous gesture. ❤️

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  6. Beautiful. Last words should be listened to as much if not more so than first! Last are out of choice at least, first are the best they’ve got! 😜

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