Tinsley’s new friend


from the car i can see 2 cherubs next to her,
flanking a new gravestone, a new baby.

and my heart sinks
and i cannot pick it up.

i slip and slide down a sheet of ice
to reach them.

“oh mommy, look…,” my oldest son points to the angels
and turns to me for an answer –
one he already knows.

i nod sadly.
“yes, honey, another baby is next to baby Tinsley now.”

he stares solemnly at the new sacred ground and sighs.

after a few quiet seconds he says,
“it is nice that baby Tinsley has a new friend in heaven.”

he then gently picks up my sad heart for me
and we slip and slide
our way back up the hill.

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