Eileen Cleary

Hospice Voices in the Age of Corona

 

Does my roommate have a fever?

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I hope I’ll get to die of my cancer.
Long enough not to die alone.

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Will I see my brother?

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Wondering how my mother. My mother. My phone number.
I know we spoke. This morning but. She can’t. Should I?
We should. I shouldn’t. Can you call?

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Did you see the president?
He found a cure.

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Are you my daughter?
I knew you’d come.

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It’s not the same as holding them.

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You will. You can. Oh, if you could. Please.
Please, I wouldn’t ask.

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I hope the baby remembers.

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I bottle fed one calf until it could graze on its own.

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I fed my dad by hand. Otherwise.

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If,

 

 

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