When the morning dawned on that day
I got up ready for the science fair
But as soon as I left my room
I noticed the eerie silence at home.
After breakfast while I was leaving
My dad suddenly approached me
He looked sleep-deprived, his eyes were red
I never expected what he hit me with next.
She was gone forever, he said
She fought the whole year
But the night before
Had not been in her favour.
He said mom was with her
And that my sister did not know
But I never heard that at all
And just hugged him and cried.
We a heavy heart I left for school
Promising to go for her funeral
But while I tried my best
I couldn't distract myself from her.
I rushed home, changed and left
Forcing myself to stay strong
But little did I know then that
Seeing her would brake those bounds.
I didn't go in, I knew I couldn't
But someone pulled me right inside
Pushing me forward
Until I could see her face.
Lying on the ground covered in white
Her nostrils plugged by cotton
Her eyes closed, shut tight
Never to open again.
Memories now filled me
Of her calling my name
Of her smile, her laugh
And of her sweet voice.
I hugged my mom
Who was somehow beside me
I was pulled again
Right in the front.
My hand was squeezed by someone
As I was hugged tight from the back
Two pairs of hands covering me
As I felt fresh tears in my eyes.
I hugged them back just as hard
Calling out to her,"come back!"
I saw her now being picked up
And taken out of the room.
Holding hands we followed her
All faces around me were a mere blur
My mom followed us
Holding hands with her sisters.
I just stood rooted in my spot
Shifting my weight to the hands that held me
As I couldn't hold it in
And let all my tears consume me.
I looked at her again
And plunged back to my thoughts
Remembering my last time with her
Her weak smile and her warm eyes.
I now circled her along with the others
Paying my final rites to her
And another memory flashed my mind
Of her lying in her bed for the last time.
She looked just as peaceful now
Her face motherly and kind
The ghost of a smile visible there
Her whole face an epitome of beauty.
As she left for her final journey
I wished her farewell
My eyes just cherishing her face
As my grandma left me forever.