Wednesday, November 23, 2022


Even though 
it would be more 

we don't want to believe 
that grief works
like a street, 

on the other side of which 
are all the places 
we need to be.

That would mean
that all we had to do 
was wait patiently 

for the traffic to abate 
before we take 
our opportunity. 

But really, we don't dare 
venture across 
until we're ready—

and we're loathe 
to be ready 
(even going so far 

as to resent the conceit 
that we will be 

readiness suggests 
we've accepted 
the premise 

that an absence 
could infest us 
in the first place.