Axelrod, David

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Poem

Annotated by:
Coulehan, Jack
  • Date of entry: Jun-26-1995


An elderly woman is dying in the hospital. She still speaks to the poet's persona, "even near the end when she only screamed / at her children that they wanted her dead." Though she seems to want to continue living, when she lapses into a coma, her children make "the doctor stop all heroic measures." Thus, they kill her just like she said they would.


This is a short, simple poem that speaks strongly about family relationships at the time of dying. Who is doing the choosing here?

Primary Source

White Lies


La Jolla Poets Press

Place Published

La Jolla, Calif.