Last Orders

Last days of his life

He could not speak

Oxygen not getting to the brain

Confused his words

Made my father meek

But he said my name

When I was brought to tears

To reassure me

Take aware my fears

And taking Mike and Sheila by the hands

He crossed them above his chest

To understand

Take care of one another

Be a sister brother

This his final word

His last command


Final four days silent in the bed

Nothing he could do

Nothing to be said

Except to know that love and kindness


Matters every day

So what so where

The speaking of your name

The holding of your hand

When all is said and done

The one command


Brian Fahy

26 September 2021

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