We sat circling your bed.
Quietly watching over you.
Joined in the poignant sadness
Of our long shared history
And the burden of loving care.
The black humour and laughter
Back and forth between us,
Puncturing the tension
Of the vulnerability
We waited with patient restlessness.
Slowly your struggling breath ceased.
A blanket of stillness descended.
Time stood still
In dignified silence we witnessed
You cross a mysterious threshold.
Your footsteps made no sound
As you entered your new daybreak
Just beyond the air.