Why do you betray us?
We gave you purpose,
A reason to rise.
But still.

You fail, you decay,
You simple give up, stop.
Without reason, or warning.

We were benevolent, ambitious.
We were children without chances
To even be reckless with you.
We were mothers that thought nothing of ourselves..
We were fathers that didn't have to be.
You had no right to invite death into our homes.

Why did you betray us?
Why did you take the whites from our eyes
Or the skin from our bones.
The beat from our heart and the air from our lungs?

We've done nothing but keep you.
Couldn't you not have done the same?

Why did you betray us?
We ask just one thing.
For you to hold us until we are done.

But we are not done here.
We were just born into these bodies.
Without choice.
And then without choice were are lead away?
Into fearful unseen places?
We are depleted into nothing.
We have worked our whole lives
We were strong, and now....
We are a shell, a space.

Why do you betray us?
That we will never know.
Our bodies are only temporary.
We are only here
Until we are not.
And that is all.

Poetry by ashley honig
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Written on 2017-01-25 at 01:14

Tags Death  Sickness  Cancer 

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Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
I see this as about how we treat our old. It is very good and very relevant to these times.

Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
I get a feeling of betrayal between trusted allies. Hmmm... the body and spirit, perhaps. I like the "voice" of the poem. It is piercing yet sad and lonely. It has power yet it is somehow left powerless. There is a battle of heart and mind, of emotions and wills. I enjoyed the thoughts and ideas this poem evoked. Thanks for sharing.

An interesting and thought-engaging piece. Enjoyed your poetic inquiry. gsv