Stage Four

Isaac Hollander McCreery, 16 September 2016

Somehow it’s already been a year
You keep finding new ways to make yourself reappear
I hope you never leave me be

Time keeps a quick clip. You’ll
Try
To keep pace but
Your body,
Despite you,
Despite all of us, will fall
Further and further
Behind.

Some day your body will cave in:
You’ll trip. And
You won’t
Get up.
Time will turn,
Twist his ribcage and look back.
He’ll watch the glow in your eyes
Extinguish.
He’ll consider you there, but
He won’t consider stopping.
He’ll continue on.

It’s all yours—
It’s yours—
I’m all yours—
I’m yours—
Because you ask all of me, and I
Keep you in my heart as best I can, but

Some day your body will cave in:
You’ll trip. And
You won’t
Get up.
I will turn,
Twist my ribcage and look back.
I’ll watch the glow in your eyes
Extinguish.
I’ll consider you there, and
I know I’ll consider stopping,
Though I know you wouldn’t want me to.

Time will continue,
And so will I walk beside
Him, and we’ll leave you
Behind.