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The Illness

by

Gavin Lake

The Illness

ill never forget the last six months of your life brother
ill never forget the diagnosis when i vomited outside kates door
and that endless drive to the hospital
seeing your face with the people crowded around you like you were already dead
i couldnt stand it and ran to the toilet and beat my fists against the wall wailing
uncontrollably at the thought of losing you
i remember begging my mother on the phone to tell me what was wrong
but she couldnt bring herself to say it
it was leukaemia and his odds of surviving diminished as his body followed
until the end when he looked as if he were rotting
i cant imagine what that did to you dan i think about it everyday
lying there with tubes and machines all around him
unconscious in intensive care
his eyes turned deep in to his head bloodshot
his mouth blue and dry
when they turned off the machine my mother put her ear next to his heart
and listened to the final beats slowly dissipate to silence


The Illness

by

Gavin Lake


ill never forget the last six months of your life brother
ill never forget the diagnosis when i vomited outside kates door
and that endless drive to the hospital
seeing your face with the people crowded around you like you were already dead
i couldnt stand it and ran to the toilet and beat my fists against the wall wailing
uncontrollably at the thought of losing you
i remember begging my mother on the phone to tell me what was wrong
but she couldnt bring herself to say it
it was leukaemia and his odds of surviving diminished as his body followed
until the end when he looked as if he were rotting
i cant imagine what that did to you dan i think about it everyday
lying there with tubes and machines all around him
unconscious in intensive care
his eyes turned deep in to his head bloodshot
his mouth blue and dry
when they turned off the machine my mother put her ear next to his heart
and listened to the final beats slowly dissipate to silence