mortality knocking

those unbidden moments
when mortality creeps in
and knocks with gray fingers
peeling back the edges of life
shrink not
shirk not
embrace the reminder
each breath we expel
has left us forever
each breath we take in
is ours for only a time
but while this heart beats
I love you
and that has meaning
and if that beat ceases
I loved you
and that has meant everything

© Sarah Whiteley