weekly photo challenge: “peaceful”

Dad

This picture is small and a little blurry too, but I posted it because it is my father resting peacefully in my house, hours before he died.  After 70 consecutive days in the hospital, we brought him home for his final days.  He suffered from Mesothelioma, a dreaded form of lung cancer.  He was diagnosed 5 months before he died.  I have never witnessed such courage from anyone; never felt so much hope, yet so much despair at the same time.  He suffered greatly over those months, and even though his voice had been taken away from him, the look in his eyes when he arrived at my home said it all. He was happy to be there.   He had finally found peace.

Longing

Come to me in my dreams, and then

By day I shall be well again!

For then the night will more than pay

The hopeless longing of the day.

Come, as thou cam’st a thousand times,

A messenger from radiant climes,

And smile on thy new world, and be

As kind to others as to me!

Or, as thou never cam’st in sooth,

Come now, and let me dream it truth;

And part my hair, and kiss my brow,

And say: My love! why sufferest thou?

Come to me in my dreams, and then

By day I shall be well again!

For then the night will more than pay

The hopeless longing of the day.

– Matthew Arnold

Peace.

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