To Be Abandoned

To be abandoned
Unwanted or cast aside 
Even things of abundance die without nurturing
A part of me has most certainly died 
No one heard the frail eulogy muttered under its dying breath 
Like a tree falling in the woods with no one to witness it 
Once strong and mighty
Deeply rooted and sure footed 
Now shunned by the soil and the river 
Picked over by the termites
Made sacrificial to the flame
To return to the earth
The problem is the body can't process this death
This grief is indigestible 
Unable to be broken down it remains  
Stagnant and irritable 
Changing the shape of the snake 
Creating disease 
I must release this snake that has now become venomous in my body
Relief is freedom
Freedom is relief 

Jay William HendersonComment