My Friend is Dying

Sharing Stories

Leif, smiling as usual

My friend is dying.

His wife’s update—

she’s crying.

No one can sleep,

no one can explain to him

why he can’t have dialysis anymore.

My positive, interesting friend.

My friend who always had compliments

for everyone.

My friend who knew me without asking,

as I knew him.

My precious longtime friend.

I can’t understand this is his end.

Somehow, I’d seen him smiling.

Wings sprouting from his shoulders—

mastering yet one more challenge,

with his usual sunny aplomb.

In some magical way…inside himself,

or in some other place or time,

that IS how he is dying…


Ariele M. Huff lives, loves, and writes in Aberdeen, Washington. Connect with her for online advice or writing classes at ariele@comcast.net.

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