A raging beast, the disease came back.
At the end her memories rose to the surface,
A champagne distillation of her life.
Words halting and slow.
‘City lights,’ she said. ‘I saw them
like a belt of stars against the night.
Do you know, I could find their echo in the streets…
Fairy lights twined through iron balconies
like a giant’s brush of glitter.’
Her eyes closed.
‘Smiles. I never realized I’ve seen so many…
Do you know, thinking of them makes me feel warm…
A decimated hand touched the hospital gown
over her heart.
Eyes opened, so earnest.
‘I think the most precious thing is trust.
I used to think it was love, but…
Do you remember the rabbits I found?
How the mother let me help her babies?
That wasn’t love. It was trust for love’s sake.’
Her words grew fainter.
‘Maybe it was born of love,
but trust comes first.
I’m going to miss all of you.’
For the last time, lids lowered.
‘I’m going to miss weather.
I hope there are storms…’
She left us
with the image of a woman
raising her face to taste rain and thunder.