The alarm goes off and a new day begins.
My first thought - He's still not here.
I pray. Not with words, for words
do not come easily anymore.
My heart, my soul, cries out to God,
A silent plea,
"I do not want to do this!"
The words from a Psalm come to mind.
'God is close to the broken-hearted'
And my heart breaks once more.
The cat walks through the room
Reminding me of things to be done.
The weight of it all falls on me as
Sadness descends, a presence unseen
and unwanted but always near.
I shuffle through a fog, struggling to concentrate
on the daily routine.
I miss him more than I ever could have imagined.
Memories of him fill my mind,
Everything seems to remind me of him.
I yearn for one more hug, one more 'I Love You'.
I check my phone waiting for a call or text from him,
But these things are not to be.
I have moments - none of them good.
Tears come unexpectedly.
Are you okay? A stranger stops and asks
I'm fine, I mutter
Thinking all the while that I may never
be fine or good or happy again.
Like a kid with a much loved toy
I sleep with his things - his pillow,
his robe, his shirt
I spend the night keeping these things
close to me
Hoping to hold on to his presence just
a little bit longer.
I do not want to do this...
The alarm goes off and another day begins.