I wrote this poem several years ago while working for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It is about the last week of Josie Gray’s battle with Cystic Fibrosis. I don’t remember how young she was but I believe she was 14.
Such a short life for so much pain
Each day, each breath, having to strain
Lungs no good, so new ones given
Thank goodness, her spirit is driven
Two years of fighting and doing okay
This past week has been so gray
Body rejecting and each breath a fight
Her suffering body in her family’s sight
Requesting prayers of recovery and hope
Can you imagine having to cope?
Weekend full of anguish and goodbyes
Prayers abundant, hoping for a reply
Somber day, full of fear
Will she pass today? As my eyes fill with tears
Requesting prayers of relief today
“Please end her suffering”, I begin to pray
“She’s suffered too long, please carry her home
A place where pain won’t be allowed to roam
A place to play, being young and free
A place where she can be full of glee
Be with her family, to keep them strong
“Help them understand she is now where she belongs”
Her life though short, offers many morals
Makes you regret those trifle quarrels
Love those that bring you happiness each and every day
And never forget the story about little Josie Gray.
Her parents still have the blog up that was dedicated to Josie and her losing fight with Cystic Fibrosis.