Wednesday, 4 October 2017

by Anne Peterson

Waiting with quiet patience,
praying for some response.
Why don’t you wake up?

Blurs of white uniforms
unaware and detached,
an insensitive sun
shines apathetically.

They wheel in a machine 
to breathe for you.
Flashing lights 
have people running,
words meant to reassure
do not,
silent silence.
The machine wheeled out.

“I’m so sorry.”
Tightened muscles,
senseless sobbing.
Why didn’t you just wake up?

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Anne Peterson is a poet, speaker, and published author of 14 books. She has written Broken: a story of Abuse and Survival, several children's books and some poetry books. You can see Anne's books here at her author page. To find out more about Anne, visit her website at or you can visit her Facebook author page.

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