Too late to say goodbye

She stood looking at him
Helpless, unaware, unmoved
Someone she had never known before

His face was serene
And a smile curled at the corner of his lips
As if he knew and he waited till this day
His hands remained cold, his face bereft of any shred of pain
Perhaps happy to be where he was

They had called her that morning
To come and see him , he needed her around
She arrived, hoping to take him back
To apologize for all the times she wasn’t there
And build new memories together

But this was the final goodbye
The last time he lay there at peace
He had fought his battle, long and hard
And took the trip he dreaded the most…
Into the dark abyss of death, to a world of no return