She Had Said

Life is fun, she had said,

A smile kissing her lips with innocence

Blind to the reality of greater war

Giggles and energy frees from her

 

Life is scary, she had said,

Millions of new faces crowded around

Expectations had to be met, or else

But Daddy was always there for her

 

Life is stupid, she had said,

Rumors spread like flu, just as crippling

Nights were spent up, days were spent drearily

Maybe, just maybe, rest would lay ahead

Life is unjust, she had said,

Tears fell, darkness dressed her for the dreadful night

Sickly faces crowded, peering at the still man ahead

With evil on the spree, blood boiled within her

 

Life is joyous, she had said,

Hats thrown; Freedom peeked around the corner

Celebration commenced; He sat on the mantel

This time was for joy, not sorrow

Life is lonely, she had said,

Floating in the night, lit here and there

Warmth of family felt distant

Numbers and letters danced absentmindedly

 

Life is exhausting, she had said,

Nights dragged out longer and longer

Everything dulled gray

Restless nights are parasites

 

Life is whimsical, she had said,

The courageous heart sped ahead

Chivalry was found at last

Those charming eyes never left

 

Life is beautiful, she had said,

Treasure was held tightly yet carefully

She would take the dove under wing

A laurel blossomed from the earthy rock

 

Life is fast, she had said,

Time took flight, leaving her thrashing behind

Little dove hesitantly left the nest

Shadows started to reveal themselves

 

Life is torture, she had said,

The storm blew over, winds ferocious

Whirlwinds blew everyone away

Earth crumbled at her feet

 

This is it, she had said,

Life slipped from her hands

This is it, she had said,

Death had won 

— MacKenzie Lewis

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