Just like that. Without checking in first.
She just . . . . . up and left.
Our long to-do list has no check marks.
First, retirement ran away from us
With no notice took most of our plans
left sickness in its wake,
and second chances
only remnants of a few tarnished dreams remained.
Yet… together we held onto a tiny sliver of
hope that we would for sure
go & laugh & visit & share & enjoy
We did not know that our hope
drip by drop
and with no warning
left us empty, rudderless, with only a broken compass.
Anger boils up inside me
Eyes red, heart ripped, soul drained
One day, your contagious laugh that is hidden in my memory will reopen my heart.
But not today.