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Lucifera Santez

(4th feb / Belize)

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Breath Of Life


Gone was his breathing,
Gone were heart beats,
The silent pulses,
Screamed of his decease.
Lying there like
Silent wax doll,
I shouted and begged,
He didn’t utter ‘mama’
Didn’t answer my call.
Fighting my tears,
Trying to be brave,
I kneeled down to kiss him,
But he still was dead.
Soon he will go in ground,
And I will deal the grief alone
His brief existence a joyful sorrow,
For I have lost the hope in tomorrow’s.
His small body curved in my arms,
One last time,
A last time I see,
Sweep of frail black lashes,
On those pale cheeks.
And I lay him in his coffin,
Remembering,
How a child looks,
With his breath of life extinguished…………………

Submitted: Monday, August 05, 2013
Edited: Sunday, August 11, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

There was confusion regarding the child in this poem.
i actually wrote it 3 years ago, after death of my nephew, Jaime.
till this day i miss the darling boy, and always will.
this is for Jaime, aunt Lu loves you baby and always will.

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  • Savita Tyagi (8/11/2014 9:54:00 PM)

    A painful experience written with deep emotions. A courageous and heart touching write. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (8/11/2014 5:31:00 PM)

    A heartfelt write that I have read sometime a go, this time I have saved it. Thank You Lucifera, I have saved this too. (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (8/11/2014 11:16:00 AM)

    Shadows never vanish but lost somewhere within the mind...hummers well, nails and hangs, laugh and cry...continue...up to unending end..when thread of breath broken dream broken transforms into the dream of another mind... (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (8/11/2014 6:59:00 AM)

    I feel bad for you, Lucifera...Nothing can replace what you have lost...But then that's what life is all about... (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (7/1/2014 6:52:00 PM)

    A poignant melancholic poem written with beautiful expression, The vacuum was felt so intensely! ! !
    Very nice, Lucifera. (Report) Reply

  • Susy Evelyne (11/27/2013 10:50:00 AM)

    A searing and moving poem. It costs a lot to write such a poem but it is a tribute to you and the passing of your nephew. (Report) Reply

  • Mohabeer Beeharry (8/28/2013 4:24:00 AM)

    A great piece of writing. The sadness combined with your eventual loneliness, Holding the body in your arms for the last time....oh my God. I feel it all through.
    Keep writing.

    Mohabeer Beeharry

    Read my last poem The Cross when you get time and comment please. (Report) Reply

  • Mark Dillon (8/11/2013 9:02:00 AM)

    Beautifully written, I feel the pain and sorrow in your words, and am sorry for your loss. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (8/11/2013 8:23:00 AM)

    Thank you for your notes about these words Lucifera though still too hard for you to bare. So so special to have had such a wonderful bond with your nephew. I hope your family are slowly healing. Jaime and Lu would be proud of your wonderful words in Poem of the Day Well done (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (8/8/2013 10:21:00 AM)

    There are no words in any language that can console a grief stricken mother as you are. All I can pray is may God rest his soul in eternal peace and may He be with you in bearing this grief.
    Remembering,
    How a child looks,
    With his breath of life extinguished…………………
    These words break our heart too, Lucifera! (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (8/7/2013 10:01:00 AM)

    A heart-rending poem with the harsh reality of your beautiful child dying with the raw emotions of your love for your child that will live forever.
    Excellent write! (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (8/7/2013 5:58:00 AM)

    Dear Lucifera I feel so much sadness reading these words this Breath of Life taken from a child is so hard to bare. Yet With all of the sadness it is written so beautifully. Please just remember you never have to be brave. Thank you, it is written so well with so much feeling I wish to save these words. A 10 for this beautiful child. (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu (8/6/2013 9:58:00 AM)

    A very emotion laden poem. Life is up and down. I am moved by this poem. Accept my concern. Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

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