2020-11-13T14:14:21-08:00November 15th, 2020|Musings on life|

How to be there for someone

She started losing people
when we were young.

It tilts the ground under you
when you have so much grief,
so that you don’t trust
you can leave anything for long,
or it, too, will slide away.

And so it was that I learned
how to be there for someone,

which is not to try
to bend the earth
back to the way it was,

because it will never
be the way it was,

but just to stand
beside her,
day after day,

not saying the wisest things
or with the best advice
or the perfect answer,

just as proof
that even on the steepest slope,
not everything
falls away.

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