Five years ago today, I said my last earthly goodbye to my mother.

She died almost three years later.

But I knew in that moment
when the gate doors closed
behind her wheelchair
this would be the last time I would see her

And I mourned then
more than when
we gathered to put her to rest

This week has been marked
with deaths of people near me
full of remembrances
and sorrow
and tears

As the poster on my daughter’s door says
Close your eyes
Count to one
That’s how long forever feels

Originally posted on 2023-07-29 at 00:57 via

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