Family Poetry posted April 12, 2011

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His Last Walk

God Granted Him His Wish

by Cedar

The old farmer was born on this land,
by the grace of God, he hoped to die there
And not in some cold lonely hospital room,
or confined to a nursing home in a wheelchair

He would sit in the shade of the maple trees,
looking across the fields he planted for years
The thought of never plowing the soil again,
broke his spirit and filled his eyes with tears

He knew that his life would soon be over
and his work on earth was nearly complete
But before the good Lord called him home,
he wanted to feel the sod beneath his feet

Slowly dying, he stumbled across the fields,
where the corn used to grow eight feet tall
It brought back memories of years gone by,
with his family, during harvest time in the fall

This was his last walk, he knew he'd never return
and with every step, his heart began to pound
He turned and looked back at the old homeplace,
then grabbed his chest and fell to the ground

He laid there and stared towards heaven,
so many thoughts raced through his mind
He asked God to take care of his loved ones
and apologized for leaving them all behind

With the last beat of his failing heart,
the old man cried, then took his last breath
The good Lord had granted him his wish,
as his crippled body surrendered to death...


Tell a story in a poem writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Tell a story in a poem. Your poem may be about any subject and can be a true story or fictional.


Pop would have wanted his life to end this way. However, it didn't come true for him. He was born on this farm in 1913 and died in 1979, in a cold hospital room.
Hopefully, it will come true for me and I can fulfill both our wishes. I've lived on the same farm for 69 years now.
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