To Grieve

How can she laugh now,
or nervously stutter,
how can she make dinner or
walk the dog –
How can she function, anyhow,
how can she do anything but
weep quiet, wail loud,
wait in dark rooms for
the dead to cease lingering –
Shouldn’t she perform a little better,
let us really know she’s grieving,
for don’t we know that mourning
is more important than living?

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