We met in autumn.
I was there to see someone else but the nurses were talking to you.
Your curtains were pulled back and I could see you.
Everyone else had flowers, balloons and loved ones around their beds.
I thought you looked sad and alone, like a faded star- so I went to say hi.
When I spoke to you that very first time, I had no idea what your name was. I didn’t know how much you would mean to me. And I didn’t know they only gave you one more year.
But even so, you stayed on for a year longer.
Every passing day I spent with you made you shine brighter and brighter. Everyday, I thought to myself that I loved you so much but I never told you because I was afraid.
You were so strong in a body that was so weak that I stupidly thought we would have forever and a day together.
But our forever ended too soon.
I lost you in summer.
I was there to see you, with flowers and balloons.
You smiled at me and said thank you.
I held your hand but even though I held on so tight, you slipped away.
I never told you I loved you because I was afraid of this moment.
But if I could turn back time, I would tell you that I would love you for forever and a day.