A man stirs next to me in bed
He's not really here
He's nearly dead.
'Twas just three months today
That in the middle of the night
He sat up and said
"My God I do feel ill"
"You've been saying that for years"
I crossly replied "how many times
have you thought you've died?"
"Go back to sleep or I'll send you to heaven
You know I have to be at work by seven"
On him I crossly turned my back
But then he had a heart attack.
I did not even stir in my sleep
Nor hear him quietly down the stairs creep
To phone the ambulance.
And then he died.
The sirens woke me, the paramedic came
They shocked him and brought him back again
Now I lay awake all night
He grows much weaker,he gets some pain
But I will never sleep again.
I have written this as it was 3 months ago that I put sleep before my husband.Now he is seriously ill with heart failure and it reminds me that my husband is much more important than my work which I have now given up.