He looked like death warmed up
the first time we met
Grey as a ghost
as the blood flowed in
He fell asleep as we talked
Told me about his ex
How she gambled
Took their kids and
left her debts and his cancer
The dope helps, he said

His friend said he was
sick for years before the doctors knew
His treatment hadn’t gone well
Her eyes showed the worry

The last time I saw him
he looked pretty frisky
But I could see through his clothes
as he left
there wasn't much meat on those bones

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