She Sat Alone

So, you’re not in the mood for laughter today? Then pull up a chair, set a box of tissues on the table, and get ready to have your heart strangled and torn into tiny pieces, as you read this poem based on my short story, “A Box of Moonpies”. I’ve posted the story for those who might like to read it.

She Sat Alone

She sat by the bed, gently holding his hand

Her other hand covered red eyes

Choking back tears, she muffled great sobs

With heart heaving, soul wrenching sighs

Don’t leave me she thought, and tried not to show

The fear that played in brown eyes

Smiling, she joked ‘bout things they had done

Her laughter and smiles were but lies

She placed a small finger upon his dry lips

Said, I love you, you dear gentle man

He smiled with his eyes, said, yes love I know

With a sweet gentle squeeze of his hand

The time was too short for this sad last goodbye

For too long these two were in love

No fairness your leaving, was all she could think

Of this man she’d not had enough of

How could you, she asked, go and leave me alone

His hand slipped from hers as he died

Yet, she knew from her heart, he never would go

She sat alone and softly she cried

Copyright © 1998 C. Mashburn

Sharing this on dVerse Poets Pub’s Open Link Night #70



  1. Sherry Mashburn said

    Made me cry . . . and I’m out of Kleenex!

  2., PLEASE PLEASE let me read ALL of this …so beautiful. thank you so much!

  3. ugh…a heavily emotional moment…selfishly i would love to go first as the thought of losing one i loved so much is painful to even consider….well writ moment sir…felt…

    will go fix your link now too…it went to last weeks…

    • Thanks for the comment, Brian. And thanks for fixing the link. I don’t know how that happened!

  4. Oh that is so sad… it is a painful thought losing someone you love…particularly your soul mate… very nice write Charles 🙂

  5. shanyns said

    What a love story…thank you for this. My goodness this brought tears to my eyes…and warmed my heart.

  6. You weren’t kidding about the kleenex. I must have needed to bawl my eyes out. Excellent.

  7. ayala said

    Emotional, sad, heartfelt write !

  8. Raivenne said

    Oh wow, that just pulls at you. I see I’m going to have a little serious reading tonight.

  9. rmp said

    heartfelt and beautiful. the ending is absolutely perfect.

  10. Reblogged this on Marbles In My Pocket ~ The Official Blog of Charles L. Mashburn ~ Poems, Short Stories, and random thoughts from the author of "Be Still… and know that I am God" and commented:

    An oldie, but one of my favorites. A link to the original story is included in the post

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