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A Life In A Day

by Joan Serratelli

She came into
this world
screaming
alone
She nursed at her
Mother's breast
and then she grew

She learned how to walk,
said a few words
and very soon
to feed herself
and then she grew

She started school.
nursery, then elementary
then high school
She got good grades
and then she grew

College was next
she earned a degree
graduated with
high honors
and then she grew

She started a career
met a guy
and got married
had a baby....
then two

She took time off
to raise them
as her Mother had done
she was getting older
but her life
had just begun

Her children grew up
(as all children do)
and followed
in her footsteps
She was now
growing old

Her children had children
and had their own lives
She was now a Grandmother
a new phase in her life

She got sick
her husband died
her children came home
to be by her side

She got sicker
and older
and finally
she died
screaming
alone.....
just as she had entered
this world

03/07/2009

Author's Note: This was inspired by a short I had seen many years ago. Charlie Sheen starred in it.Apologies to him and everyone else involved in that project!

Posted on 03/07/2009
Copyright © 2023 Joan Serratelli

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 03/07/09 at 06:08 PM

I really like it.

Posted by Genevieve Sturrock on 03/07/09 at 07:45 PM

it is the knowledge that we all are alone that keeps me from being so overwhelmed with loneliness...especially in a crowd

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 03/07/09 at 09:57 PM

I like your treatment of the theme very much...nice touch, Joan! Thanks.

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