I met Mary through the lens of my camera.
With each fire of my shutter
I would capture the last details of Mary’s life here.
As she lay in bed still, her frail body unable to move
a black cat nestled at her feet.
Her soft white hair matched her skin.
Could she feel the warmth?
Could she hear the whispers of those she loved
of those who waited with bated breath?
“11 days, no food, no water.
What is she waiting for?” they asked of each other.
“Don’t leave until you’re ready, whispered another directly into her ear.
Everyone photographs the living.
No one photographs the dying.
Lens /'lenz/ noun:
something that facilitates and influences perception, comprehension, or evaluation
Eye \ˈī\ noun:
1. the faculty of seeing with eyes
2. the faculty of intellectual or aesthetic
perception or appreciation
3. skill or ability dependent upon