(Dedicated to Riley)

It’s true that the little ones,

They don’t understand.

They hide their fear with rage

And tantrums.

They cry simple tears.

Yet there’s one word,

So hard for them to grasp,

Impossible to understand

The separation of one world,

One life

And one love

That they have known for

Their forever.

I cry tears with them,

These little ones,

Asking plain questions

With complex answers.

How can one explain love dieing,

And a mother crying?

How can one begin to hold a child

Carrying the weight of the world.


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