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Before I Leave

by Karl Waldbauer

If this damaged heart of mine should cease its beat
and we could no longer laugh together,
remember to do this simple task.
When you hear the hawk call to her babies in the sycamore tree,
when you hear the clean, clear tones of a meditation chime,
or when you hear the joyful bark of two dogs playing,
look inside yourself
and know
I am with you.


Posted on 07/22/2003
Copyright © 2022 Karl Waldbauer

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Max Bouillet on 07/22/03 at 04:05 AM

Very earth-based and wonderful philosophy. Great poem filled with contrasts. A poem filled with life imagery that has as its main theme death. Very profound and memorable... thanks Karl.

Posted by Jean Mollett on 07/22/03 at 04:16 AM

Hi Karl, Good one. It's lovely. To think about someone getting ready to have surgery. How loving. Yes, surgery it can be scary. Ya just have to hope and prayer everything will be alright. Have faith it will, keep postive thoughts. Peace & Joy, Jean.

Posted by Agnes Eva on 10/30/03 at 11:49 PM

that is beautiful, and touching and spiritually thoughtful- to prepare loved ones for your possible journey beyond life. it's the unique angle of your poem

Posted by Maryellen Lebeda-Parra on 12/30/03 at 04:38 AM

i recently had a few frightening surgeries myself. i felt so alone. although the day after my big surgery, my husband decided to throw a birthday party for his daughter, which included his ex-wife in attendance. as i sat alone in our room.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 04/14/06 at 01:15 AM

Beautiful- filled with vivid imagery. A wonderful read and a heartfilled write.

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