Stay or Go

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I prayed a prayer I never thought I’d pray
Most Holy God of Life and Breath and Woe —
My mother is dying. Please, Lord, let her stay.

My sister has to come from far away.
It’s important that she be here, Lord, You know!
And I prayed that prayer I never thought I’d pray

Mom is suffering. I don’t know what to say!
Each breath a gasp, a gurgle, restricted flow —
My mother is dying. Please, Lord, let her stay

We still have things unsaid that we must say
Oh God, it feels so selfish to ask this, though —
This is a prayer I never thought I’d pray.

Morphine, atropine — her color oh-so-gray
Family ’round the bed, time moves so slow
My mother is dying. Please, Lord, let her stay

Just one more hour – a piece of one more day
So cold, so cold. Outside the wind does blow —
I’m praying prayers I never thought I’d pray —
My mother is dying. Please, Lord, let her go.

Photo taken November 1, 2015

Photo taken November 1, 2015

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