Why did you have to get cancer?
YOU were the healthy one!
YOU were the one who could leap tall buildings at
a single bound
or, at least, scamper up Mt. Katahdin.
You were the playful, mischievous,
who acted younger than I:
born bowed down like
an old lady
bearing the weight of the world
on my shoulders.
I thought you would never grow old…
just fall off one of the mountaintops
you so love to climb
or get hit by a car.
Dead in an instant
Now you are losing yourself.
You are losing parts you always had.
And gaining lumps and bumps
and topics of conversation
we never wanted