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Slow Goodbye – Tender Touch

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Tender Touch?

“Oh how wrong we were to think immortality meant never dying”  Gerard Way

Parked near the Surgery (doctor’s office), fiddling with my phone, I notice a car arrive.

The poem takes up the story …

Slow Goodbye

Circumspect they leave their car,
unsteady feet and sturdy supporter.
Heads close as milongueros.

Bright sun sprays kisses, never felt,
through a fog of shared concern.
A leaden tempo slows their dance.

She grips the rail, her elbow held.
Tense shoulders meet, balance and rebalance.
Sedate steps reach a fateful door.

I follow in the wake of pain
and sit nearby, aware, empathic.
No blether fills their waiting.

The doctor comes and calls a name.
She stands slow, when erect limps off,
her man’s strong help conniving, hidden.

I, alone, witness subtle bolstering.
Asked … a withered hand, hip-height, reaches back.
Given … a caressing low-five of support.

Such depth.
Years of love in a brushing,
tender touch.

Solitary, with his magazine,
lost eyes stare, unfocused,
reading not an inky word.

For just a mo’ our eyes connect.
Raw fear exposed, a glimmer just,
and withdrawn, fast as a pounding heart.

A brittle smile, a nod … alone,
a weary head drops blank-eyed,
and yearns her pale return.

How many years their love o’ercame
cruel slings and arrows, rocks and stones?
Now trapped in life’s departure lounge.

She’s back, a new appointment made.
Delicate paces move away, in hope
or resignation, I cannot say.

My name is called …


© Mac Logan

This Post Has 6 Comments

    1. Mac Logan

      I’m glad you liked it Suzanne.

      I’m now reminded I have the sequel to the witch finding to sort for Seumas.

  1. abrach1

    Very perceptive piece of work, Mac: I saw my wife and I in this poem.

    1. Mac Logan

      Thanks for this, Bob, I hope things are okay.

  2. Maryann

    Lovely, Mac. It’s the little things that matter most….Thanks for noticing and sharing in your thoughtful way.

    1. Mac Logan

      At first I thought you were responding to North Carolina on my Mind. I do appreciate yor interest and kindness, thanks.

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