My Constant Companion

NEVER AND ALWAYS

When we were young, I could outrun you,
But you were never far behind and
Always caught up when I stopped for breath.
Arms wrapped around me, you clung so tight.

So I let you stay, and we both grew.
I believed you’d never be stronger
Than me. Somehow I would always win.
Each day together renewed the fight.

Older now, we sit and talk of death,
Though I have never lived. So consumed
By you, I held back. Always afraid
I was wrong to want more. You were right

To challenge me. Life I never knew
Was always there, as I caught my breath.

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