Curling up (dying)
In time old age will inundate.
Our bodies it will antiquate.
Decay fails to de-escalate.
Employment we must abrogate.
Our positions bosses subrogate.
We’re made to superannuate.
Sent home where we deteriorate.
When young we fail to cogitate
at some point we will culminate.
To think we might decelerate;
beyond us to deliberate.
Thought processes degenerate.
Ideas fragment and divagate.
Confusing notions agitate.
A focused view we can’t locate.
Yet further still we enervate.
Spent legs inclined to vacillate.
From side to side our spines librate.
To stand we need a strong helpmate.
Translucent skins become bullate.
Green crusty scabs appear crispate.
Landscapes of pimples pustulate.
Thick yellow liquids suppurate.
Internal leaks of exudate
as white blood cells extravasate.
Bruised tired eyelids nictitate.
Blurred cloudy eyes obnubilate.
Flawed organs deoxygenate.
Dry scaly windpipes ulcerate.
We sound like snakes that sibilate
and grasshoppers: they stridulate.
Dim hearts commence to fibrillate
so, doses doctors metricate
in quantities we manducate
to help our thin blood inspissate.
On screens our life signs oscillate.
From wires we can’t separate.
Both forearms pale and supinate
are pierced with needles subulate.
Our bedside nurses imbricate
a host of charts that adumbrate
while guts, surgeons invaginate
and arteries inosculate.
Facilities they sanitate.
Lungs, plastic tents oxygenate.
Down our throats doctors intubate.
The rot they try to isolate.
Still further we debilitate.
No known cure will emancipate.
On what has passed we ruminate.
To change things now is way too late.
Blood relatives don’t hesitate
to make the point that they’re cognate.
They want the sick to die testate
and gift all assets at probate.
Detached physicians dissertate
as final stages depredate.
For paddles they gesticulate,
one last try to defibrillate.
There’s no chance we’ll recuperate.
No way will we regenerate
and awesomely eliminate
the ailments that emaciate.
Accept raw facts; we’re in checkmate.
All thoughts of life subordinate.
From mortal coils extricate.
The humming flatlines liberate.