OctPoWriMo: Day 18

To learn more about this challenge, please click here or click the butterfly image at the bottom of this post.

Today’s prompt for this challenge is “Senseless”.  There are several ways to take this word. I chose, from my archives, a poem which uses the following definition of senseless: unconscious, numb, unable to perceive.

This poem was written when David was on the verge of death.  Had we not gotten him to the hospital when we did, we were told he would have been dead within three days.  It was a scary time of pondering and reflection and trying to deal with what could have been my future.

Your Touch

As I lie here beside you
In the dark silence of our room,
You are holding me in your arms,
Yet I cannot feel your touch.

You gently caress my arms,
As they lay there across your chest.
You run your fingers through my hair,
Yet I cannot feel your touch.

What is happening to me?
Why am I so numb?
My heart aches for you,
Yet I cannot feel your touch.

Then, suddenly, I remember.
The pain comes crashing through
Like the waves of a hurricane,
I know why I cannot feel you.

Your holding me in your arms,
Your caresses so sweet and gentle,
Your fingers through my hair,
They are all just memories of you.

You were taken from me
When I still needed you so much.
One of life’s cruelest jokes,
Never again will I feel your touch.

©1997 Suzanne G. McClendon


I am also participating in JNW’s Halloween Challenge over at PS Annie! Please hop over there to see the post of the day.

Please also visit David over at Random Thoughts and Observations.


About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native now living on the Texas Gulf Coast. I have been married to David for just over 33 years. We have 4 surviving adult children and two children-in-law. At this point in our lives, we are adjusting to an refilling nest. I enjoy reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, and much, much more.
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7 Responses to OctPoWriMo: Day 18

  1. rosemawrites says:

    oh. oh i am crying now. 😦 this is so heartfelt. it oozes with love and longing and fear. I am glad he is still with you dear Suz. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: JNW’s Halloween Challenge: Fall/Autumn – Jennifer Nichole Wells

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