we didn't get to see your bones grow
nor hear your marrow stretch.
hidden deep beneath flesh,
somewhere far below the sinews of your heart
there was a stillness
that would stop you in your tracks.
rotten from the inside out,
your smile was solely superficial
but you had no idea - how were we to know?
and so you never saw your eyesight fail
or heard your hearing fade
or smelt your nostrils close
or felt your skin dry up
or watched your teeth fall out
while eating peanut butter bagels.
who am i to say
you aren't the lucky one?