hospital bed

For eleven years I have regretted it,

regretted that I did not do what

I wanted to do as I sat there those

four hours watching her die. I wanted

to crawl in among the machinery

and hold her in my arms, knowing

the elementary, leftover bit of her

mind would dimly recognize it was me

carrying her to where she was going.


– Jack Gilbert


  1. Shannon, November 23, 2014:

    I need to read more of Mr. Gilbert. I remember saying those same words a year ago when I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Atlantic piece on him.

    Thanks for the reminder Steve.

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