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From Hospice to Heaven


To my dearest dying patient:
May I emulate half your strength,
and a portion of your wisdom,
just a part of your life’s length.

May I know but half the splendor,
that only your eyes could see,
learn half your knack for storytelling,
and your love of history.

May I hear just half an octave
of the true depth of your voice,
see the light inside your eyes
as you made your final choice:

the choice to leave your family,
and watch them from above,
and not to give us half these gifts,
but instead, all your love.

Damien Zreibe Damien Zreibe (8 Posts)


University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

Hello! My name is Damien and I'm a student at the University of South Florida's College of Medicine. I was born and raised on the island of Antigua, and have been writing poetry and fiction for years. I hope you enjoy my work!