They never said

Whatsapp_image_2019-03-24_at_16.04.23__1_by 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.