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Choosing To Die

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hoot_owl_rn
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0 posted 10-07-1999 01:09 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Choosing to Die

I gave you love for many years
Gave you everything I had
It was through choosing to start a family
That I became you dad

I choose to love you for all it's worth
As you grew to be a man
I made sure you had every advantage
That any body can

Now here I lay, my mind is gone
My body racked with pain
I've lived a life that most would envy
But I can not live again

I understand how hard it is
For you to let me go
But I'm hurting son, can't you see
I want for you to know

This big machine that breathes for me
Won't let me say a word
And even if I said them now
I'm not sure that they'd be heard

I choose to die a graceful death
Like I lived my life
With my children here beside me
Until I meet my wife

Your mothers waiting there for me
Oh son, why can't you see
This isn't really just an ending
But a fresh new start for me

Son, please won't you look at me
Let me see your face
Then pull this bitter plug of life
And let me die in grace


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Man can not discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

[This message has been edited by hoot_owl_rn (edited 10-07-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
Lucie
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1 posted 10-07-1999 01:11 AM       View Profile for Lucie   Email Lucie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lucie

This poem touched me deeply.. thank you for sharing it.
Severn
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2 posted 10-07-1999 01:15 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

senstive topic - sensitively dealt with, nicely done Hoot.
hoot_owl_rn
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3 posted 10-07-1999 01:17 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Thanks Lucie and Severn...it was inspired by Dream Evils topic in prose
It is a subject I feel quite strongly on though
Tara Simms
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4 posted 10-07-1999 08:38 AM       View Profile for Tara Simms   Email Tara Simms   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Tara Simms's Home Page   View IP for Tara Simms

Well said, Ruth.
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5 posted 10-07-1999 09:32 AM       View Profile for Dragoness   Email Dragoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Dragoness's Home Page   View IP for Dragoness

Teary eyed.......Thank-You! Beautiful ppem.

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Set you heart free and your mind will follow.

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6 posted 10-07-1999 10:41 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

beautifully done Hoot........

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May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
RainbowGirl
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7 posted 10-07-1999 10:50 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Hoot: Well done..

HUGS

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You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

Christopher
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8 posted 10-07-1999 10:50 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

I agree with severn (don't tell her) ruth. You did a wonderful job of dealing with this controversial subject.
WhtDove
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9 posted 10-07-1999 11:32 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Ruth, you have written a beautiful piece here! Hard subject, wonderful job my dear!!!
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10 posted 10-07-1999 03:26 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I'm sure you deal with this every day. Would that the government step out of our life long enough for us to go in peace. Thank you, Hoot, for words well said. May we all echo its sentiments.

[This message has been edited by Sunshine (edited 10-07-1999).]
Julie
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11 posted 10-07-1999 03:47 PM       View Profile for Julie   Email Julie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Julie

Hoot, ya know I'm with you on this one.
You said it beautifully. I am sure
you are an angel to those who can't
speak for themselves.

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Julie
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Thou who has given so much to me,
give one thing more: a grateful heart.
>George Herbert



hoot_owl_rn
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I just want to say thanks to each and evryone of you for your kind remarks on this one, I only hope when my time comes, I can die with grace as I believe I live my life
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13 posted 10-07-1999 07:19 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Lady Hoot: This one strikes very close to home. I had an uncle who suffered a brain aneurysm some years ago. They managed to get to him before he died and hooked him up to all sorts of machines. They saved his "life" but he was 100% paralyzed and only able to communicate through the blink of an eye. When they finally decided to let him die by taking away the machines, his body had recovered enough to live on its own. He carried on it that cocoon state for 11 years. A living hell if ever I believed there one to be. I'm a strong proponent of euthanasia yet I hope I'm never faced with such a decision. Should it ever come to that, I know what the answer would be: one of dignity! As always, you have my admiration and respect, as well as my thanks for the words that spill from you heart.
hoot_owl_rn
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Sir Andrew...I can think of no finer compliment a writer could ever have than the one you just paid me...thank you
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15 posted 10-07-1999 09:58 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Hoot, I am numb after reading this. This could very well have been the words of my own dad. After his cardiac arrest and his resusciation by the paramedics, he had the neurological functioning of an infant. We knew his wishes not to be 'kept alive' by machines, and we agreed to disconnect his life support after the initial 48 hours and following his second neurological testing to see if there had been any improvement. It was the hardest thing we have ever had to do. With my meager medical experience I knew that he would not pass away right away, as he was breathing on his own to a great extent, I could tell by the monitors. He lived another week, yet without regaining consciousness. Now my mom and dad are back together again, after all those years apart.
I like to imagine them dancing together in heaven. Thank you for this beautiful piece.

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Denise
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Denise, I am truly sorry for your loss, but am glad, although I know it was difficult, that you were able to grant your fathers wishes and let him die with grace. God Bless you and your family.
Hugs
Ruth
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17 posted 10-08-1999 01:40 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Hootessa

This message says so much about what often goes unsaid. It seems we fear the unkown so much that we cannot stand the thought of somebody else facing it with dignity and peace. You've written of this so well.
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18 posted 10-08-1999 08:37 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Beautiful job, Hoot, as usual-this is a very touching poem. I would hate not to be able to function for myself and would also wish to die in dignity. You wrote this well.

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*Elizabeth*

"Dwelt a maid belov'd and cherish'd by high and low,
But with autumn leaf she perish'd, long time ago..."

"Something sweet, something sort of grandish, sweeps my soul when thou art near..."

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