Monday, July 20, 2009

He Says - She Says

He Says – She Says

He says, “I need your love”
She says, “Thank you, I need your love”
He says, “I love to look at you”
She says, “I am no longer physically beautiful”
Now that I am ill there is no dignity left
He brushes my hair
He takes my dresses from the hanger and helps me put them on
I say no that’s the back not the front
He puts my hose on
I say pull them up tight, they will bag at the ankles
He washes me in the shower
I say I have lost my independence, and
I miss the touch of your hands
But this is all right
We can talk
We can cry
We can share
We can be together
After almost 40 beautiful years
He says, “I can pick it up, let me bring it to you.”
I can do this, I can do that
She says, “I don’t want to be a burden”
He says, “I love you.”
She says, “Thank you, I need your love, I love you very much”

Marjorie J. Brown
July 01, 1987

(Marjorie died 21 days after writing this poem.)