In Deaths' Embrace by Lee July 8 2006 I. Denial He lays in the same bed, painting a Mona Lisa portrait on his face; catatonic to the world in a snowglobe except the little snowflakes are mimicked as numbers counting down. To live another day, is equal to watching a soap opera, "As the World Turns", without the cacophony of rich blonde housewives ogling over the latest Cosmopolitan, steroid induced man with the inflated ego. To live another minute in a seamless shell from the outside; rusted clockwork on the other, in a broken relationship that cannot be fixed, nor taken apart without risks, though at this point, a risk is better than doing nothing. II. Tears of Avalon Cry His beloved of five years enters the placid room that has become his home; the flowers from last time wilts near the windowsill, as she replaces the stems with fresh ones; while beaming him with smiles so bright, the end could be coming. Every night she visits his bedside, and hold his hand, while she reads Canterbury Tales or Arthurian legends, both to him invoke a calming nascent scene in his head as the medication swirls in his eyes; and the delusions joust each other just for mere survival. When he feels the effects of the Sandman in his veins, driving towards the realm of dreams and visions of Avalon from the stories; she'll kiss his lips, and smooth the hair on his head, whispering love anecdotes mixed with a prayer to any deity presently listening. III. The Final Page The family gathers with the chaplain, oblivious to the five o'clock shadow hovering over him, ready to nail the stake and take him from this paradise into the deep abyss of death. Dying, just another event similar to a birthday or a celebration as it looked from his eyes; his wife and their families look dismal as the chaplain reads the verses that'll carry him to the afterlife. He'll no longer hear the constant beeps from the heart monitor, nor his wife's voice, as he takes her hand, watching the sunset out the fifth floor window retract behind his eyelids for one final moment, as he passed her by, towards the coming night sky. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." ©2006 Lee T.