At The End of His Tether

He changed her pad

then changed her bedding.

He was exhausted.

'Don't worry' he said. 'Can't be helped'

No response.

'Won't be long now'

She'd hardly said a word for years.

She had no idea who he was.


They'd spent a lifetime together.

He loved his wife.

That night he kept his promise and ended her life.

He'd finally reached the end of his tether.

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Paul Sayer

Sat 15th Aug 2020 11:23

There is laughter erupting everywhere
especially Brian for those that care.

We must always be able to laugh at ourselves.

Rather than take life, or indeed ourselves too seriously.

After all mate not wishing to sound Gloomy-Doomy we are a long time dea... err. hang on. scratch that.

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Brian Maryon

Sat 15th Aug 2020 10:24

I expect we all know people who say they don't want to go into care and would rather kill themselves. Trouble is when they reach this point they don't have the strength or ability to do it. So I imagined a scenario where a pact was reached between husband and wife.

I have known partners/families caring for a loved one with dementia. I currently have a friend caring for his mother.

Thanks guys for likes and comments.

Not too many laughs here...sorry Don.

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Martin Elder

Fri 14th Aug 2020 12:57

Tragically moving Brian

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 14th Aug 2020 12:39

A scenario that scares even the bravest souls, I'm sure. And which
has its reality in the occasional press reports that remind us of the
way it creates the desperation that tears two people apart.

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Paul Sayer

Fri 14th Aug 2020 12:07


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keith jeffries

Fri 14th Aug 2020 12:07


A difficult situation sensitively handled in this well composed poem.


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Fri 14th Aug 2020 12:03

Knowing you over quite a long period of time Brian I can't imagine you writing this unless it was very personal to you, so from that perspective I find it very moving. It's an example of less is more in writing terms, and can deliver more impact than flowery adjectives often do .


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Fri 14th Aug 2020 11:55

A heart-breaking scenario from any angle. Well crafted Brian.

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