it was 17 days and 1,000 miles
of carrying love, of carrying her —
days and miles that I and so many others have traveled, too.
everyone else seems so relieved
this heartbroken mother has finally let go,
but we loss moms know
it just looks like letting go.
the journey of grief
and what lies ahead of her
involves holding on
and holding on with everything you have.
it is the art of moving forward,
of choosing to keep going,
of rejoining the land of the living
but never truly
letting go of the dead.