PFSP Perspectives: The trouble with death - a poem

March 21, 2022


Contributed by Dr. Jim Malmberg, a retired psychiatrist. Dr. Malmberg (University of Alberta ‘82) practiced family medicine for three years before returning to the U of A to specialize in psychiatry. His clinical work centred on the community care of the severely and persistently ill. 

A self-taught musician and songwriter, Jim has performed across western Canada with his band Back Porch Swing and as a duo with his wife Penny.
 

The trouble with death is the mystery 
The trouble with death is love’s letting go
Photographs and history
All that’s left
and that’s all we know

The trouble with death is unforgiving
The trouble with death is that chances slip by
Such a short time that we’re living
We barely have time
to wonder why

Holding your hand
Touching your hair
To see your face and feel your breath
One more chance to clear the air…

The trouble with death is it comes so sudden
The trouble with death is the waiting game
Try to change it when it’s coming
It chooses the time
just the same

The trouble with death is the leaving
The trouble with death is a whole lot of pain
The people who stay to do the grieving
Wishing and praying
they’ll see you again

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