You were not there on that dreadful day
When Dad fell to the floor and then turned gray.
Mom denied the obvious need
She would not listen when I plead
"Get the ambulance now," I said
She said "no!" and turned her head.
I can take care of him here right here at home
He started to grimace, shake and foam-
Her denial was shaken when he turned blue.
We needed suction now and oxygen too.
The rescue squad called; came with great speed;
They placed him on a stretcher and addressed his need
Off they went down the street
Death sat beside him on the other seat.
Several hours went by as he struggled to live,
Death said, "let's go now; you have no more to give".
Suddenly a code for help could be heard
And the doctor soon came to deliver the word.
Dad left without even saying a goodbye
We stood shocked and all we could do was to cry.

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