There Are No Happy Endings

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a piece about my Auntie Joan, who was being moved into a nursing home as she was suffering from Alzheimer’s. I had hoped to visit her again soon, but, as often happens, fate had other plans. 

Sadly, Joan had a fall before she could be moved into the home. She broke her hip, and despite the heroic efforts of the medical staff, she never recovered. Auntie Joan passed away on Saturday evening, gone to join her husband, Norman, the love of her life and who she missed so terribly. 

I  find I can best express my emotion through writing. If I do not give voice to the thoughts in my head, if I try to stifle them in any way, I find they only get louder. Today is no exception. So this poem, “There Are No Happy Endings”, is written for Auntie Joan, a woman who was beautiful, funny, witty and wise and who will be sadly missed. 


Every thought was a battle,

Every breath was a war.

Your eyes reflected a soul

That just couldn’t fight any more.

I stroked your face

And held your hand,

While I did my best

To understand,

How someone once

So witty and wise

Could so slowly fade

Before my eyes.

You saw me crying

But didn’t see

That my tears were filled

With what you meant to me.

In the timelessness of your sleeping

Death took you gently by the hand

And walked with you into a world

By kindly angels manned.

Life has no happy endings.

Endings are the saddest part,

But at least I can smile while knowing,

That you’re tucked safely in my heart.

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6 thoughts on “There Are No Happy Endings

  1. That is really beautiful, she must be proud, and I’m sorry for your loss. Also I would like to nominate you for the Liebster Award. Congratulations

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