Upon hearing of a friends’ wifes death

“She didn’t wake up”

“They tried to wake her but…”

“He got up early and went to work; they had to come get him before lunch”

“She was only 40 years old”

“What happened”?

“Nobody knows”.

Poor Tommy’s wife; Tommy’s sons’ mum,

went to bed and now she’s gone.

(Was she dead while he put his socks on)?

Was she still warm when he kissed her goodbye?

(One final unknowing goodbye).

Did her soul leave her body as her husband left for work?

All these questions; these feelings, fill my heart and head;

and the most curious question – (along with a feeling of dread);

is when will I

wake up dead?

18/01/2008 ©


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