she flails, the pain takes over. i watch
as she turns & tries to speak.
she can't. the pain is too much for her
to take. she's on the ground,
& all we do is sit & watch.
she suffers. we don't do anything
for her. we can't. seeing her in pain
makes me die a little inside. my eyes burn.
my skin crawls, hot then cold,
watching her face
trying to hide the agony she's feeling.

she's like a little sister to me. if she hurts,
i hurt. & this is almost more than i can take.