She Calls Him Softly

She calls him softly;
Touches his back,
Seeking reassurance
That he is still breathing;
Worried that he will leave her
In the middle of the night.

Seventeen years have passed
Since his little sojourn
In Coronary Care.
Yet still she wonders
If any of his peaceful breaths
Will be his last.

She doesn’t want to be alone.
So she worries
And tries her best
To keep him healthy
With all the right foods
And a minimum off stress.

She tries to shelter him
From worries and problems,
And tries to make sure
That he leads a calm, peaceful life.
She thinks he doesn’t know
How much she cares.

But he calls her softly;
Touches her back,
Seeking reassurance
That she is still breathing;
Worried that she will leave him
In the middle of the night.

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