Conflicting Emotions

Cascading spa-colored fabric

That ruffles down, extenuating their figures

lightly brushing against the

Silver strapped heels


An argument about a morphine drip

That soothes pain and yet,

Simultaneously, steals away what

Precious little time remains


Teardrop necklaces that rest

Perfectly between the collar bones

Kissing their skin right above

V-shaped necklines


Caregivers that do their best to

Give care where they can and warning

Where they cannot, whispering,

“Prepare yourself for the end.”


The family and friends who murmur

“Congratulations on your Engagement”

and “Our Condolences” on your grandfather’s health

In the same sentence.


A man that loves me with all his heart

And a man who showed me what love is


The best


The worst

Memories occurring

Side by side.



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