by John W.

It had been so long

Since their faces together                                                  

He had seen – Bewilderment


As the sunshine                                                                  

Of the Spirit                                                                           

Had dimmed – Despair


Try as he might                                                                     

Their visages he                                                                  

Could not banish – Frustration


They were coming                                                               

He first sensed them                                                           

He next saw them, again – Terror


“I Shall Be Released”                                                          

Through the blackness                                                      

That had become day and night    


Like a faint hum

Began in his mind

To drone


He longed for the peace

Which he felt would 

Arrive with the embrace


The battle he had so often

Won​ ​one ​d​ay ​a​t ​a​ ​ti​me

Was now a conflagration.


“I Shall Be Released”

Became the Rule of Engagement

No other concern could interfere


I Shall Be Released

This morning burst like

A sun against their four maws


I Shall Be Released

This day I Will Be Released

This moment I am


Dedicated to Mathew and all like him whom this disease steals too young in life. We who are left behind miss you and love you.

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