Grandpa, cried the little boy,
That kid looks just like you!
That's cause he has Progeria
which came and stole his youth.
Endows old people ailments
that overshadow young minds,
internal and external clocks
are never synced in time.
Loss of hair and fragile bones,
plus muscle mass so low,
old age problems come on so fast
the body’s just not toned.
The boy could see deep, dark veins
through thin and wrinkled skin,
saw teeth not straight and hearing poor,
Sam’s blood flow blocked within.
Yet there was a heart inside,
as big as all outdoors,
a soul that cried, just let me once
join friends on that dance floor.
Sam and Hayley shared this pain,
(Yes, girls can get this too,)
but now both dance beyond the stars,
angels dance with these two.
( Linda Imbler is the Kansas based author of “Big Questions, Little Sleep.” )
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