That October, they said
that time would lessen the loss.
Because I don’t think they took into account that
you were my best friend, gave birth to me, talked to me
every day, even as you lost your breath.
They didn’t take into account that
I had never taken a breath without you.
How was I supposed to take another one
after losing you?
These days the pain is an ever-present ache
Your voice is still in my ear,
Calling to me from wherever you are now.
The sound of your voice still rich and alive while
Replaying old memories like
A movie on the screen.
I still hear your laugh haunting me
Even as I feel you walking beside me.
The pain is still crushing when
I awake from a night spent with you because
I still see you in my dreams
Flashing the smile that lit up so many of my days.
Still providing comfort to me when I need you most.
I can still feel your fingers trailing over your tattoo, touching my shoulder and hair
Even now, you are still wrapping me in the warmth of your love.