Short Stuff by Douglas Gilbert, “Wait On Me”

Dying Child’s Lament

Future
I have none:
I was to be

Read to me
my love note–
I am cold in snow away

Could
I live ’till summer, please–
I’m afraid of heaven
for Mom ran me
away to a cheaper
place with a note

She
promised to come in summer
and no one loves me

If
she won’t come in time
no one in heaven will love me either

Best
toy with me
I will have, if
a mystery is solved

End
me up
high enough
to reach a kiss

See you
again
will I?
would you
love me like a kiss
from heaven
reaching

Mommy
doesn’t love me any more, but
read me please
my love note again, and
I will close my eyes forever

—Douglas Gilbert

Books by Douglas Gilbert

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