Anticipation of Loss


The most tragic moment of life
is watching someone die.


You don't want to remember
your loved one like this,
their breaths of life.


You don't want to picture them
with tubes sticking out of their arms,
machines keeping them alive.


So fragile, so unlike
every other memory
you play back in your mind.


To watch the progression of cancer,
the way it changes you
from the inside out.


To see the vacancy in their eyes,
as the dementia eats away
everything they once held dear.


The anticipation of loss
is time's most heartbreaking enigma.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

Inspired by: Death Cab for Cutie's "What Sarah Said", one of the best songs ever written about loss

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