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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic

If each day of the average human lifespan was symbolized by a squared centimeter of construction paper, there would be a rather disheartening mural titled "Average Human Lifespan" on this earth measuring only two feet left to right and top to bottom, reminding us that life is short and each day is precious.

Unfortunately, that does not exist. Fortunately, this poem does.

The swelling of stomachs

And birthdya cakes

And party balloons

As they inflate

Of water ballons

'fore they explode

The swelling of hearts

That makes them grow

The swelling of limbs

And learning minds

The swelling of eyes

Before they cry

The swelling of breasts

And balls and skin

Of testosterone and estrogen

The swelling of joints

As people age

Of growing noses

And rotting wood

Of joy and sorrow

Rhyme and reason

Apples when it's orange season

The swelling tumor in my mind

That means I'll leave this life behind

That's how I realized, as things grow

That moments are big

But life is small

Submitted: October 30, 2020

© Copyright 2020 Ava Rose Weisberg. All rights reserved.

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