What if This is Death?

gae polisner
1 min readJan 25, 2022

What if

this

is Death?

Me,

here, on this

couch,

dizzy-breathing,

new-age music playing from the

TV speakers.

Do I know the difference?

Yes, I see my

children

there,

(still, so

far away),

by text, or

on blue

screen only –

Hush –

they are

thriving and

okay.

What if, in death,

I can still watch,

feel,

hear,

be the observer I’ve

become?

After a while,

no one

needs you

to hold the weight of

small bodies,

rocking away their

fever,

fears,

singing to them in a

steam-filled

bathroom.

What if

this

is death,

this breath,

and

lightheadedness,

and

all the rest, a

familiar

room?

I stand up –

or do I? –

make a cup of rich roast

coffee

way too late in the

afternoon.

Out these windows,

night

falls.

I may or may not still

be

here.

I won’t sleep

tonight.

Not at

all.

Why have I feared you

all these

years?

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Gae is the author of several novels for readers of all ages, though shelved as tween and young adult. You can read more about her and her books at gaepolisner.com

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gae polisner

Just another writer trying to stay afloat in a sea of words. Author of several novels. Wannabe mermaid. Mother. Trying to age gracefully with no grace in sight.