At 68 it is now my turn.
You have taken care of me since I was formed in my mother’s womb in darkness.
But the darkness didn’t last, and you became my friend and love.
You loved me though the baby stages, the reckless teen years,
the trials of using you to produce more of me,
the times of struggling with weight, too much or too little.
You only thought of me and I, in my arrogance and misunderstandings of your propose,
treated you as a second-class citizen.
As someone with no rights, and no thoughts for yourself and
For my arrogance, I am sorry.
I am sorry for all the times I didn’t pay attention to what you needed,
what you cried out for,
what you wanted,
what you cried in the night for,
what I didn’t give you.
But now, here we are.
We are still here together but
the tables have turned and it is I who
must take care of you.
I who must finally listen to you,
give you what your need,
respect your sacrifices,
your hurts and sorrows.
You have carried me all these years so now
it is only right that I should carry you.
I watch you struggle daily with things that used to be so easy for you.
So easy that I never gave them a thought.
I do now.
I see how unbalanced you are and wonder when that happened.
I guess I wasn’t paying attention.
Your shape has changed.
That too is my fault.
You have done nothing wrong but are failing anyway.
Time is now your enemy,
The way of nature dictates your future regardless of what I want.
So now it is my turn.
My turn to give you all that you need to keep going
until your time has expired, and I leave you.
When the time comes, I will leave but not without sorrow for you because you, my friend,
have been the best body and friend a human
could ever have had.
I have been blessed to call you mine
and will take the memory of how well you have served me
on my next journey, wherever that may take me.
I will never forget you,
And when the end comes,
I will thank you and send you back to the earth in peace.
Rest well there my friend, rest well.