for you again today,
and I could list a thousand ways
you made my world a better place,
and how I miss you every day,
and how I live with suffering
and still remember everything.
I closed my heart and mind that day,
I had no choice, for you were dumb.
How could I know that I was right
to do the thing that must be done?.
How could I ever let you go?,
the truth is I will never know.
I wonder, was your pain so great,
had I done everything I could?.
I clutched you as you fell to sleep
I prayed, I prayed you understood.
I pray that what I did was right
to give you up without a fight.
And open-eyed I kissed your face,
and left you on that metal bed,
and reached across with guilty hands
and stroked one final time your head.
But it never took the pain away....
I cried for you again today.
by Stephen Hirons
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