They never said

Db4ea419-1e23-4495-8f91-854766b657cbby Jessica Hopkins01 Jun 2018

They never said

it takes your words away.

they never told me
my eyes would burn as my stomach bled

my heart would ache and infect,
debilitate
my mind

numb, sour, pointless.

they never said
i would cease

to care —
to breathe.