“Cough, Cough, Cough…”

“Cough, Cough, Cough…”
by: Stephanie Paige

Cough, cough, cough…

Dirty blonde hair, oceanic blue eyes
My baby girl, almost a young lady,
Soft cheeks, kissing forehead,
Not letting you know what is on fuse in my mind…

Cough, cough, cough…

Face changing, suddenly smaller
One dimpled cheek, curious deep sienna eyes,
Soft cheeks, kissing forehead,
Remembering a failing time…

Cough, cough, cough…

Now pacing, rapid heartbeat
Pillow over head, earplugs in ears,
Long nights, spent awake listening
Irritability growing from within…

Cough, cough, cough…

Colder days, snow piling high
Holiday décor, twinkling lights,
“Penguin, penguin, Snowman!”
repeatedly said, haunting memories…

Cough, cough, cough…

Holding face, your blank stare
Tears dripping, body trembling,
Faint kiss on both cheeks
Knowing you will not be there…

Cough, cough, cough…

Dirty blonde hair, oceanic blue eyes
My baby girl, almost a young lady,
Soft cheeks, kissing forehead
Not letting you know what is on fuse in my mind.

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