Live

Live like you’ll
Never die
They scream those words
Over and over
Be free
Be reckless
Go go go
You won’t die
They boast
There’s no such thing as
Pain
They coax
We will
Catch you
They lie
Go on
They shove
Live live live
But
It’s a facade
How can you have
Life
While
Ignoring its closest companion
Death
How can you
Live
Without acknowledging what
Makes life
Something
Something other than
Existing
That something which is
Life’s inevitable
End
Live like you’ll never die
They claw at your
Ears and
Your eyes
Make your lips bleed as they
Force them into a smile with their
Jagged nails
Go on
Live
You won’t
Die
They claim
As
They are rotting away
Themselves

-Megan M. Phillips

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