When evening falls

And silence

Creeps in 

Reality’s heft

Crushes me

Like a tin can

Not long ago

I was a widower

Who found love

Once again

An angel

Lit up my life

And when I was sick

She was there

To save me

I promised her

That I would do

The same

Not realizing

That my time

Has come

The agony

Of witnessing

Her pain


And sadness

Feeling powerless


And angry

It’s overwhelming

My angel

Is in need

And there is only so much

That I can do

Despair is sometimes

More than I can handle

I somehow

Find the strength

To pick up the pieces

To be there

For my wife

And my family

To be

A beacon of hope