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May I Go? May I go now?
Do you think the time is right?
May I say good-bye to pain-filled days
and endless lonely nights?

I’ve lived my life and done my best,
an example tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond
and set my spirit free?

I didn’t want to go at first,
I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now
to a warm and loving light.

I want to go. I really do.
It’s difficult to stay.
But I will try as best I can
to live just one more day,

To give you time to care for me
and share your love and fears.
I know you’re sad and so afraid,
because I see your tears.

I’ll not be far, I promise that,
and hope you’ll always know
that my spirit will be close to you,
wherever you may go.

Thank you so for loving me.
You know I love you too.
That’s why it’s hard to say good-bye
and end this life with you.

So hold me now, just one more time
and let me hear you say,
because you care so much for me,
you’ll let me go today.

— Susan A. Jackson

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Comment by elyn jacobs on November 27, 2010 at 23:01
oh, i was plenty old, still hard. hard on my boys, my oldest was 5 (three years ago). my mother was strong up until the last two months...then she declined rapidly the last week....we all knew it was time.
Comment by Fluroptics on November 27, 2010 at 13:39
thats incredible elyn and i so relate to what your mum was asking for. it must have been mighty tough on you during those years. how old were you?

i didnt write the poem myself but was deeply touched by the sentiment (okay i cried my eys out) and did wonder if i would manage to be that gracious in my goodbyes if/when that time came.
Comment by elyn jacobs on November 26, 2010 at 23:34
wow, those were pretty much my mother's words. after a 13 year battle, she told me "tonight is a good night to die" and kept asking me for a pill that would get her there...too much pain and knew that there was no return, so a good time to die.
Comment by Fluroptics on November 26, 2010 at 21:04
Thank you Dianne and Delta for your support.
Comment by Diane Richmond on October 24, 2010 at 11:05
A remarkable poem..
Comment by Delta Li on October 8, 2010 at 19:52
i found this very moving...even at the end love really is everything

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