by Alice Guest

You danced, you sung
You smiled at the sun
You coughed and the joy became undone
That’s when the first thread vanished

You laughed, you played
You giggled and cried
You doubled over and the happiness died
That’s when the fifth thread vanished

You lay, you read
You retched and screamed
You contorted with pain and the tears streamed
That’s when the tenth thread vanished

You frowned, you gasped
You grimaced and slept
You writhed in your sleep and everyone wept
That’s when the fifteenth thread vanished

You murmured, you blinked
You whispered and rose
You slumped back down and the whole house froze
That’s when the last thread vanished