You Wake to Her Breathing

robin williams poetry

Dedicated to Robin Williams.

When reality escapes you,
Late at night,
And you don’t feel right.
You wake in the dark to her breathing.
To know she’ll never be leaving.
Someone’s there, someone who cares.
You can close your eyes,
And dream the dreams,
No one else can share.
Morning face in the mirror,
A familiar one.
Your hands on the razor,
There’s a job to be done.
You’re one in million,
But you’re not the only one.
‘Til she reaches for you,
And she touches you,
Upon the rising sun.
Point the car down the highway,
There’s work to be done.
You face each day,
The same old way.
Lift the phone off the receiver,
Makin’ someone a believer.
You sell your soul to be with her.
One more day, one more day!
And when your day is done,
Your pals are lookin’ for fun.
You steer your head clear,
Towards her waiting arms,
And the setting sun, the setting sun.
You know you’ll never be a genius,
But you’re sure,
Nothing will ever come between us,
Because she’s the only one,
The only one.

Me

Heartache

At Eternity’s Gate or On the Threshold of Eternity

When you’re losing someone close, it can empty your heart.  I guess that’s where the expression heartache comes from.

It doesn’t stop there.  You know the feeling.  The one you get in the pit of your stomach.  That tightness radiates back into your thoughts; where sadness is born.

Sadness can linger like a bad cold.  It can leave you weepy, nose dripping, eyes wet and swollen.  It can leave you numb, unresponsive and distant.  Sadness subsides in most. Sadness comes more often during anniversaries and holidays.

It’s easy to recognize an empty heart.  Look for that far away expression.  The one that comes when you see  someone absentia.  They think they are alone or just don’t care about their surroundings.  It’s brought on by a sense of loss.  It can be an illness or irk.  Someone could cause you more pain than you can bear.  You can’t bear the loss.  Sometimes sadness follows anger and easily succumbs to a sense of loss.

Losing someone can take time or it can happen in a moment.  You can fall out of love.  You can disagree with someone and fail to find your way back.  You can lose someone you love or failed to love (enough).

You can watch someone struggle and slowly grow old.  You can listen to them labor to breath.

The most amazing thing about losing someone is dealing with an empty heart.  We don’t talk about it.  We don’t share it.  We prefer to suffer in silence. I guess it is human nature?  We don’t want anyone to know we hurt.

We know those who are feeling sorry for themselves.  You will hear all about all their aches and pains!

And we sure know how to celebrate when we are sad!  We even celebrate death.  It even has leaders called the “funeral party”.  We all get together and cry and hug.  Then we go eat and drink ourselves silly.

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