Tears hung on eyelashes

Half formed, hesitant to leave the nest

In fear that if even one slips

All will follow in a never-ending cascade

Words hung on lips

Caught in breaths leaving

And breathes coming in

Half heard, lost in the gap

Between the puffs of life

Emotions hung on the heart

Fighting not to drip into the blood

Trying to swim against the flow

Half bled, through cracks in an iron defense

If the wall around breaks,

It will be an unstoppable flood

Life hung on hope

One stumble, right into despair

Waiting open jawed, to devour the tiny flickering light

Half alive, struggling to stay standing

With dreams half lived,

Stories half told

Memories half made

Burdens half borne

Half formed, half heard

Half bleed

Yes; half alive indeed.