‘Before the goodbyes’ – A poem by Dr Preksha Singh

Categories: People & Places.

The Indian Association of Palliative Care celebrated this year’s World Poetry Day by publishing ‘A symphony of Words: A collection of poems‘ penned by our very own friends from the palliative care community. We continue to share a poem, each week, for our friends to enjoy!

The poem for this week, Poem #13 of 25..

‘Before the goodbyes’ by Dr Preksha Singh, Mysore, Karnataka

She’s the fire burning still in rain,
But her voice,
A rumble of thunder in pain.

She knows that the time is less,
She does want to grab it back.
She knows she won’t live long,
And she will be free from the ache soon.

A life of peace with no pain,
A day full of bliss ahead the doomsday,
She longs for care, love, and the warmth,
And tells the nurse when she’s around.

She doesn’t want to stay alone,
She needs someone till the dawn,
To share her pain and desires,
To live her last day full of dreams before the funeral pyre.

From the doctors to the nurses,
And everyone around who cares,
She knows they are angels,
To keep with her until she’s prepared.


About the poet: 

Dr Preksha Singh is a BDS graduate with a keen interest in public health. She wished to utilise her skills towards making palliative care accessible to all.

To read poems from the entire collection, please click here.

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