(To Mom & Dad)

As my family sits by
my bedside weeping,
will you come and be
with me.

As you once held
my hand when we
crossed the street.

As you once put me
on your shoulders and
carried me because
I was tired.

As you once loved me
even though I spoke
harsh words.

As you once gave me
all that I needed to be
the person I became.

Will you take my hand
and guide me one last time,
into the unknown,
just as you did
the very first time.

Valunas is a retired critical care registered nurse who worked for 35 years in a large trauma hospital. She is a member of the Bridgewater Poets Table Writing Group and a recipient of the Middlesex County College Tri-State Writers Award. She lives in Monroe with her husband, Joseph.

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