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DARK POWERS

Bright Lights: Roman and Rocky

Bright Lights: Roman and Rocky

DARK POWERS
By Scott Lew  7/3/13

Recently
The darkness in everything
And
The darkness in me
Feel closer
As the last of my muscles
Dissolve
The force
That keeps the darkness
Apart
Also weakens
I’m in-between
Feeling
The crush

Then
I’m snapped back
To fantastic
Reality

Roman uses me
As a lounge chair
And tells me about
The ice rock
That killed the dinosaurs
Rocky counts all five fingers
Playing with my limp hand
And tells me
I’m going to get better
Ann smiles
Despite everything
And
Bright light
Tickles my mind
Separates me
From
The darkness

Death
Makes so many
Simple things
Lifesavers

The last couple of times
I’ve seen my Dad
He’s admonished
That it’s time for me
To be at peace
With death
He feels the darkness too
It’s frustrating
Only to be able to
Blink out the words
“I am”
When I want to have
A big conversation
About meaning in life
And the narrow
But infinite
Nature of our existence
And how
Just having
Him there
Talking
About the heavy subject
Is one of those
Bright lights
Against
The inevitable
Crush
Of
Darkness

ALS is a terminal illness
And I’ve been to the brink
Many times
But feeling
The force
Of death
Tickles
When mixed with
Beautiful
Everything
So I’m going to
Keep on
Silently
Laughing

My Dad with Bright Light: Penelope

My Dad with Bright Light: Penelope

 

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