Birth-day Firsts & Grief

Today’s birthday mantra

be strong, stay together,

remember good.

Until the drive home

when grief hit

like a ton of bricks

a landslide

hurricane

tornado

of grief

swirling

all around

coming down

on my head

settling in my

soul.

I rode out the storm

felt every memory

like bricks thrown

rocks slung

rain billowing

wind raging

each blow

trying to break me

repelled by

cathartic tears –

reminders

that I can still feel pain

without giving up

death will not break me

I am still here

worthy

strong

and

healing

whether I want to

or not…

174 XO Lisa

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