It seems when things are going right
We forget how precious this experiment in life is.
Our cells divide a million times
Before we blink
As we drink our morning coffee
It becomes a part of DNA
Spiraling in a helix toward
Our irises and fingertips.
A billion cell-divisions can be flawless yet
One reaction forms a tumor,
Cyst, or cancer cell
To slowly unravel threads of life
Spun with such precision
In the body’s apex.
That tomorrow every organ,
Every function is capable of halting –
Like an engine that’s begun to smoke
And swiftly overheats –
Shows the futility in petty grievances
And postponed dreams.