Untimely Death Before I Die

I've Loved
And I've lost.
I've cried
Without a tear.
I've been heavy
Not from weight.
And I've been bruised
But without a fight.

I've been made old
Without age.
I've been made sick
Without an illness.
I've been full
Without food.
And I've been in need
With a pocket full of money.

I've had to give thoughts
Without a word.
I've had to make feelings
I've never felt.
I've had to laugh
When it wasn't funny.
And I've been angry
But without a cause.

I've been sleep
Without closing my eyes.
I've had heart failure
Without skippng a beat.
I've been diagnosed
Without an analysis.
I've had to live
But without a life.

I've had to hear
Without listening.
I've had to be a person
Without feeling human.
I've had to walk
When I couldn't crawl.
And I've had to live
This Untimely Death Before I Die.

by Cecelia Weir

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