One Foot in Heaven

January 9, 2020

I watched as you were barely hanging on.
I watched as you had one foot in heaven.

I watched as your breathing slowed, and your movements ceased.
I watched as you had one foot in heaven.

I laid there with you for your last days and your last moments.
I laid with you as you had one foot in heaven.

You had one foot in heaven and I was clinging like a child to the one that still remained.
I was holding on as tight as possible, not ready for you to take the final steps.

I was paralyzed with fear and sadness. I was clinging on to you with every hope to postpone your journey. Longing to delay your trip, to change the timeline of your next adventure.

You had one foot in heaven, until the moment it was suddenly two. No matter how hard I clung, you slipped through my grip.

You walked off into eternity, both feet in heaven. Peaceful and free and serene.

You walked off into heaven, and the entire time, it was leaving footprints on my heart.


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3 responses to “One Foot in Heaven”

  1. Shindana says:

    Beautiful!! I just lost my sister in January the end of the month I can relate a beautiful poem. Heart warming

    • chelseaohlemiller says:

      Shindana, Thank you for your kind words. Lifting you in hope, love and comfort as you begin the grief journey of losing your beautiful sister. I hope you’ll keep finding inspiration and encouragement in my words. xox, Chels

  2. Tara says:

    Thank you, beautiful I lost my Nana two years ago to Stage 4 breast cancer and she bone cancer. I always feel selfish because I want here here but in heaven she is no longer in pain.

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A wife, mother and educator who has Indiana roots and a passionate spirit. Chelsea is a sappy romantic, coffee junkie, book collector, and person who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s sarcastic, full of jokes, full of tears, and enjoys writing most when life gets messy or complicated. In 2017, Chelsea's mother passed away. Through her grief journey, she decided to take her mother’s advice and share her writing with the world. One day she gained the courage to honor her mother's wishes and write. It turned out to be one of the best decisions she's ever made.

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