I Want to Know You

I want to know you
Not just by a distorted body
Due to the ravages of disease and treatments
Or by a mind that no longer functions.

I want to know your birthplace,
Your history, your travel experience,
And your journey through life.

I want to know your ambitions,
Your hopes and desires, your unfulfilled dreams,
Your marathons of life.

But you are too sick to tell
With end stage diagnoses
Cascading so quickly.

I still want to know you.
Because I only see a fragment
Of what you were.

I wish I had known you!

--Joan A., Adult