GRIEF, by Julia Petrakis
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GRIEF, by Julia Petrakis.

Grief: I understand grief:
The voids in time,
The phone call that does not come,
The tricks the mind plays,
The thought patterns that still take hold,
The email that is never answered,
The texts that hang, undelivered, in cyberspace.
I understand all of this, all too well.

What I do not understand:
Why grief makes salt water come out of my eyes.
A sudden swelling in my chest
That rises into my throat,
A warmth behind my eyes,
And then salt water spills over and down my cheeks.
My cat, Nieukitti, purring, comes to comfort me with kitty kisses,
But perhaps it is only that she likes the salty taste.

I do not understand
Why grief makes salt water come out of my eyes.































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