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For Mom ~ Last One Out Turns Out the Light

120 pounds…

The lymphoma took over her body,

110…

replacing her with each tendril and metastasis.

 102…

She slipped in and out

98…

through drugs and exhaustion.

95…

She knew it was coming.

90…

Two days before dying she recited

“Under the spreading chestnut tree the village smithy stands…”

87…

She saw the bullet coming at her in slow motion.

85…

And three seconds before her light went out,

she waved goodbye

and was gone.

82 at age 82.

Did she really wave goodbye

or flick a switch

to welcome the darkness?

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