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Wish we

Had known that

You were so ill

Perhaps we could have

Done something to stem the

Tide of debilitation

That voraciously stripped you of

Any dignity or quality

Of life and yet when you went, it was the

Hideous disease that just stopped your heart

Had the diagnosis been revealed

A year earlier, or two years

There were medications and

Treatments available

It’s been fourteen months

I still wonder

I pray you’ve

Found peace


©2023 Annette Rochelle Aben

Purl Two

Grandma goes to sleep each night at seven

Every night since Grandpa went to Heaven

She says there’s nothing to stay awake for

There’s only so many times one can sweep the floor

She eats her supper precisely at three

Does her dishes and watches a little TV

Opens her Bible and reads a bit

Works on a shawl she’s been trying to knit

She says that once the shawl is complete

She’ll wrap herself up and take a seat

Near the picture of their old Studebaker

And wait for Grandpa to come and take her

And when she closes her eyes each night at seven

She dreams of her reunion with Grandpa in Heaven

©2023 Annette Rochelle Aben

Evelyn Aben 4/6/89

Charli Mills charged us with creating 99-word flash fiction using SWIFT PASSAGE as the prompt. I chose to share the events leading to the swift passing of my mother-in-law, Evelyn. Choose to be a part of the writing fun by hanging out at the: Carrot Ranch

From the time they told us she had cancer, five of them all in advanced stages until she died was one week. Of course, we had no idea it would happen that quick. I remember walking in and quitting my job because I knew I would move her in with my husband and me so I could care for her until the end of her days. Who knew I would be back to work in less than a fortnight.

But you know, she said that she wanted it that way. No drawn-out drama. Absolutely no heroics. Death on her terms.

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben

Angel Messages April 1 2021

Your DAILY MESSAGE from Angels


We love you

Believing this, Angels!!!


No More Tears

Colleen presents us with the opportunity to choose our own words and format for this week’s writing challenge. I chose Spirit and Free.

I’ve watched another

Gasping for their final breath

As they left this world

I have watched as their Spirit

Was freed from a life of pain

©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben