Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Poet’s statement: These poems are about the experience of letting go of someone who is passing. The first poem is about my father’s death; the second is about the loss of a lover.
|I held my father’s hand
I held my father’s hand in the dark hospital room,
I stared out the window at the night lit by the
My mother sat silently, watching and waiting.
The machine began, almost imperceptibly at first,
I closed my eyes and felt his hand in mine,
And I let go.
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Photography by Magda Wojtyra
|Farewell to an ex-lover in the hospital
Through a kaleidoscope of tears I
Highway death seized and
My own wounds do not shine in
Time rusts. I go on living my
Before they fall completely, I
But is it better that I say goodbye
ELIZABETH LOVETT COLLEDGE, PhD, holds a bachelor’s in English from Wellesley College and a doctorate in English from the University of Florida. Her dissertation was Wordsworth’s Challenges to Gender-Based Hierarchies. Her poetry has appeared in several literary journals, including “Time of Singing” and “Kaleidoscope.” In addition to readying a manuscript of poetry for publication, she writes and edits articles for non-profit organizations, including the Wolfson Children’s Hospital, where she serves on the Executive Committee of the Women’s Board. She is President of Commodores Point Terminal Corporation, a property management firm.