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The Tide Has Turned

Watching a loved one succumb to terminal illness.

22 total reviews 
Comment from Carla Trinklein
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What a hauntingly beautiful poem! I've spent the past few days with my father-in-law. He's 97 and lost his wife a few years ago. He wanted to visit her grave, so we took him. I think this poem would describe how he felt about her during the last years of her life.

 Comment Written 19-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 20-Oct-2019
    Thanks so much for your glowing review, Carla. You have wonderful empathy... seen here in your response to my poem, and directed towards your father-in-law.
Comment from Y. M. Roger
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Aaaaaww, hell, L-M .... so many encounters brought to mind here and such tears... wow. You've done a wonderful job with this one, ma'am, and if I had a six, it would be yours! ;) Yes, night has fallen indeed. .... Yvette

 Comment Written 19-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 20-Oct-2019
    Thanks for the empathy in your review, Yvette.
Comment from Katherine M. Kean
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This is so very sad. I didn't believe it was going to be right to the end, as the photo is so pleasant, being of youthful hands. But the text just becomes sadder and sadder.

 Comment Written 19-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 19-Oct-2019
    Death comes to young and old alike when it is a terminal disease. I was thinking of a younger friend of mine who is not expected to live much longer with the pancreatic cancer he's got.
    Thanks for your review.
Comment from BeasPeas
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This is a touching poem. You've described the inevitable in relationships. One partner remains and the other leaves. We have to learn how to come to terms without that special person. Not an easy task. Marilyn

 Comment Written 18-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 18-Oct-2019
    Probably the hardest thing any of us has to cope with - the loss of a beloved partner.
    Thanks for your review.
reply by BeasPeas on 19-Oct-2019
    I know.
Comment from Raffaelina Lowcock
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That is a hard row to hoe. I have been through it and support for the ill one is essential. However, being there helplessly watching and trying your best to be helpful where you can, is not a very pleasant experience.
Your poem is well done and tells a straightforward story with well chosen words. The picture is superb.

 Comment Written 18-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 18-Oct-2019
    Seeing a beloved slip out of this life would have to be the hardest thing to see. Support for the bereaved is just as important. xx
Comment from poetwatch
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You know something LisaMay? I believe you write better poetry being away for a while. You can pen a story of 50, 100, 1000 words, but with a few well written words, pouring from your heart you can bring a smile or a tear. I think you should write more poetry. I love the feeling it leaves my heart. Thank you for sharing.

 Comment Written 18-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 18-Oct-2019
    Aren't you a wonderful reviewer - stars and more stars! Thank you!!
    I shall have to go away more often. I do think my best work is in poetry, but I like variety so I have to entertain myself with other things.
Comment from Bill Schott
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This free verse, The Tide Has Turned, makes good use of the beach and sea metaphor to represent this parting of ways. Life always brings us to the water's edge, then we must often part.

 Comment Written 18-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 18-Oct-2019
    Thanks for your philosophical review.
Comment from Sugarray77
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I enjoyed this very poignant verse Lisa. You did a great job sharing the emotional angst of walking with a loved one as they waste away and die. Very well written.

Melissa

 Comment Written 18-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 18-Oct-2019
    Thanks for your praise!
Comment from Dolly'sPoems
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Wow Lisa, this is so sad and heart rendering! You brought a tear to my eye with these words, You are indeed a good friend to see someone through this trying time. Your free-write is well worded and touching, I wish I had a six for you, love Dolly x

 Comment Written 18-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 18-Oct-2019
    I'm pleased you connected with this poem and were moved by it. It's a tough time, seeing a friend or loved one's life ebbing away.
Comment from Jannypan (Jan)
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I enjoyed your poem, LisaMay, although it is poignant. You did a great job creating the imagery of letting go. Your words flow smoothly with scattered alliteration. The image is a great pairing with your well-chosen Words. As sad as it is, there is a vision that life goes on. Thanks for sharing. Respectfully with Love, Jan

 Comment Written 17-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 18-Oct-2019
    Death is always sad, but we adjust to it and a modified life goes on.
    Thanks for your review.